Music at Saint Mark's

 The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2017

The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2017

The choir

There has been a choir at St Mark’s since the opening of the church in 1855, when 'singing boys habited in surplices’ were introduced for the first time in the colony.

Practices have varied over the years, changing with tastes and liturgical styles. Since 2001, the choir has comprised trained singers, supported by choral bursaries, singing a wide repertoire that ranges from chant to contemporary music.

Led by our Director of Music Dr Geoffrey Cox, the choir sings at Sunday Mass at least once a month, with members of the choir acting as cantor on other Sundays. 

 Dr Geoffrey Cox, Director of Music

Dr Geoffrey Cox, Director of Music

The Lindsay O'Neill Organ Recital

Every July, an organ recital is held at St Mark's in memory of Lindsay O'Neill, the beloved organist who inspired the project to replace our original organ with our magnificent restored Harrison & Harrison organ.

The 2018 recital, featuring Jennifer Chou, will be on Sunday 29 July. More details to come.

Find out more about the organ.

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Music list February to April 2018

Friday 2 February, 7.00pm – A Summer Mass
Gloria & Agnus Dei: Deutsche Messe – Franz Schubert
Communion: Sing, my soul, his wondrous love – Ned Rorem
Organ recessional: Menuet Gothique – Leon Boëllmann

Sunday 11 February, 9.30am – Transfiguration (Sunday before Lent)
Introit: Tibi dixit cor meum (‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’) – chant (mode III)
Mass setting: Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Communion: O nata lux – Thomas Tallis
Organ recessional: Fugue in F Minor (BWV 534) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 4 March, 9.30am - Third Sunday in Lent
Introit: Oculi mei (My eyes are ever toward the Lord) – chant (mode VII)
Mass setting: Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode – Charles Wood
Communion: God so loved the world – Bob Chilcott
Organ recessional: Herzlich thut mich verlangen, Op. 122, No 9 – Johannes Brahms

Sunday 25 March, 9.30am - Passion (Palm) Sunday
Introit: Hosanna filio David (Hosanna to the Son of David) – chant (mode VII)
Mass setting: Missa L’hora passa – Lodovico Viadana
Communion: Drop, drop, slow tears – Kenneth Leighton
Organ recessional: Jésus accepte la souffrance – Olivier Messiaen

Thursday 29 March, 7.30pm - Holy Thursday
Introit: Nos autem (May we never boast) – chant (mode IV)
Communion Service in D – Kenneth Leighton
Washing of Feet: Ubi caritas – Morten Lauridsen
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Byrd
Procession: Hymn Of the glorious body telling & Tantum ergo – Maurice Duruflé

Friday 30 March, 3.00pm - Good Friday
The Passion: St John Passion – T.L. de Victoria
Veneration of the Cross: The Reproaches – T.L. de Victoria
Communion: Drop, drop, slow tears – Kenneth Leighton

Saturday 31 March, 8.30pm - Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday
Mass setting: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Joseph Haydn
Sprinkling: Vidi aquam (I saw water) – chant (mode VIII)
Communion: Maria Magdalene et altera Maria – Andrea Gabrieli
Organ recessional: Incantation pour un jour saint – Jean Langlais

Sunday 1 April, 9.30am - Easter Sunday [Quartet]
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Sprinkling: I saw water flowing – Richard Rice
Communion: Most glorious Lord of life – William Harris
Organ recessional: Nun danket alle Gott – Sigfrid Karg-Elert 

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