Music at Saint Mark's

The Choir of St Mark's, Easter Vigil 2016

The Choir of St Mark's, Easter Vigil 2016

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. Find out more about the organ.

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Music list February to April 2017

Friday 3 February, 7.00pm - Midsumma Mass
Mass setting: Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode - Charles Wood
Coventry Gloria - Peter Jones
Communion: The Lord is my Shepherd - Howard Goodall
Organ recessional: Chaconne in G Minor - Louis Couperin

Sunday 5 February, 9.30am – Presentation of the Lord
Introit: Suscepimus, Deus (We ponder your steadfast love, O Lord) - chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode - Charles Wood
Coventry Gloria - Peter Jones
Communion: When to the temple Mary went - Johannes Eccard
Organ recessional: Psalm Prelude, Set 1, No 1 - Herbert Howells

Sunday 26 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 D - Kenneth Leighton
Communion: O nata lux - Thomas Tallis
Organ recessional: Processional - William Mathias

Sunday 19 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 F - Herbert Sumsion
Communion: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace - S.S. Wesley
Organ recessional: Fantasia in C Minor (BWV 562) - J.S. Bach

Sunday 9 April, 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: O God, my God, look upon me - John Blow
Organ recessional: Jésus accepte la souffrance - Olivier Messiaen

Thursday 13 April, 7.30pm - Holy Thursday
Introit: Nos autem (May we never boast) - chant (mode IV)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F - Harold Darke
The washing of feet: This is my commandment - Eric Routley
Ubi caritas - Maurice Duruflé
Communion: O sacrum convivium - Thomas Tallis
Procession: Hymn Of the glorious body telling & Tantum ergo - Maurice Duruflé 

Friday 14 April, 3.00pm - Good Friday
The Passion: St John Passion - T.L. de Victoria
Veneration of the Cross: The Reproaches - T.L. de Victoria
Solemn Intercessions: Chant
Communion: Christus factus est - Felice Anerio

Saturday 15 April, 8.30pm - Easter Vigil/Holy Saturday
Mass setting: Communion Service in F - Harold Darke
Sprinkling: Sicut cervus - G.P. da Palestrina
Communion:  Christ the Lord is risen again - Graeme Morton
Organ recessional:  Incantation pour un jour saint - Jean Langlais

Sunday 16 April, 9.30am - Easter Sunday [Quartet]
Mass setting: Missa brevis - Andrea Gabrieli
Sprinkling: I saw water flowing - Richard Rice
Communion: Regina caeli - Francesco Soriano
Organ recessional: Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625) - J.S. Bach

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