Music at Saint Mark's

The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2018

The Choir of St Mark's, Good Friday 2018

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 2019 recital, featuring David Drury of Sydney, will be on Sunday 4 August at 2.30pm. Find out more.

Find out more about the organ.

Remembrance Sunday 2018

A video recording was made of the Solemn Mass for Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Mass featured Gabriel Fauré's Requiem (1888 version) in the context of the liturgy.

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Music list February to July 2019

Friday 1 February, 7.00pm – A Summer Mass
Gloria & Agnus Dei from Trocaire: A Setting for Eucharist - Christopher Willcock
Communion: Ubi caritas et amor – Ola Gjeilo
Organ recessional: Choral Song in C – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Sunday 10 February, 9.30am – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Camille Saint-Saëns

Sunday 3 March, 9.30am – Transfiguration (Sunday before Lent)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – G.P. da Palestrina
Communion: Resplenduit facies ejus – T.L. de Victoria

Sunday 24 March, 9.30am - Third Sunday of Lent
Mass setting: Mass for Four Voices – William Byrd
Communion: Nolo mortem peccatoris – Thomas Morley

Sunday 14 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: Salvator mundi – Thomas Tallis
Organ recessional: Jésus accepte la souffrance – Olivier Messiaen

Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm - Maundy Thursday
Introit: Nos autem (May we never boast) – chant (mode IV)
Communion Service in D – Kenneth Leighton
Washing of Feet: Ubi caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Camille Saint-Saëns
Procession: Hymn Of the glorious body telling & Tantum ergo – Louis Vierne

Friday 19 April, 3.00pm - Good Friday
The Passion: St John Passion – T.L. de Victoria
Veneration of the Cross: The Reproaches – T.L. de Victoria
Communion: Salvator mundi – Thomas Tallis

Saturday 20 April, 8.30pm - Easter Vigil / Holy Saturday
Mass setting: Missa brevis in C (K.259) – W.A. Mozart
Communion: Regina caeli - G.P. da Palestrina
Organ recessional: Incantation pour un jour saint – Jean Langlais

Sunday 21 April, 9.30am - Easter Sunday [Quartet]
Introit: Resurrexi (I awake, and am still with you) – chant (mode IV)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Herbert Sumsion
Communion: This joyful Eastertide – harm. Charles Wood
Organ recessional: Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 12 May, 9.30am – Fourth Sunday of Easter
Introit: Misericordia Domini (The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord) – chant (mode IV)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Harold Darke
Communion: Surrexit pastor bonus – Orlando di Lasso
Organ recessional: Prelude in B Minor (BWV 544) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 2 June, 6.00pm – EASTER CAROLS: ‘To Life Reborn’ – An Evening Celebration of the Season of Easter in Readings and Music

Sunday 23 June, 9.30am – Corpus Christi (Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion)
Introit: Cibavit eos (The Lord feeds his people) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Communion: Ave verum corpus, Op. 65, No. 1 – Gabriel Fauré (arr. B. Smedley)
Organ recessional: Psalm Prelude, Op. 32, No. 2 – Herbert Howells

Sunday 7 July, 9.30am – Dedication Festival [Quartet]
Introit:  Terribilis est locus iste (How awesome is this place!) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Communion: Locus iste – Anton Bruckner
Organ recessional: Festival Toccata – Percy Fletcher

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