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 2017 recital will be on Sunday 30 July. See all the details.

Find out more about the organ.

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Music list February to December 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 - Erik 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

Sunday 7 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: Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Joseph Haydn
Communion: Surrexit pastor bonus – Orlando di Lasso
Organ recessional: Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C – Dietrich Buxtehude

Sunday 21 May, 6.00pm – EASTER CAROL SERVICE:
‘The Green Blade Rises’ – A Celebration of the Season of Easter in Readings & Music

Sunday 4 June, 9.30am – Pentecost Sunday
Introit: Spiritus Domini (The Spirit of the Lord has filled the world) – chant (mode VIII)
Mass setting: Communion Service in E – Harold Darke
Communion: Veni Sancte Spiritus – George Fenton
Organ recessional: Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist (BWV 671) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 18 June, 9.30am – Corpus Christi (Thanksgiving for the Holy Communion)
Introit:  Cibavit eos (The Lord feeds his people) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Missa brevis in C (K.259) – W.A. Mozart
Communion: Ave verum corpus – Marcel Dupré
Organ recessional: Psalm Prelude, Op. 32, No 2 – Herbert Howells

Sunday 2 July, 9.30am – Dedication Festival [Quartet]
Mass setting: Missa L’hora passa – Lodovico Viadana
Communion: Locus iste – Anton Bruckner
Organ recessional: Nun danket alle Gott, Op. 65 – Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Sunday 30 July, 9.30am – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 12)
Introit: Deus in loco sancto suo (God is in his holy habitation) – chant (mode V)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Harold Darke
Communion: Beati quorum via - Charles Stanford
Organ recessional: Toccata (Suite Gothique) - Leon Boellmann

Sunday 30 July, 2.30pm – The Lindsay O’Neill Memorial Organ Recital
Peter Jewkes (Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney)

Sunday 20 August, 9.30am – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Introit: Gaudeamus omnes (Let us all rejoice) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – G.P. da Palestrina
Communion: Ave Maria – Robert Parsons
Organ recessional: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565) – J.S. Bach

Sunday 17 September, 9.30am – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 19)
Introit:  Da pacem, Domine (Grant peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Mass in G – Franz Schubert
Communion: Ubi caritas – Maurice Duruflé 
Organ recessional: Toccata in D Minor, Op. 59, No. 5 – Max Reger

Sunday 1 October, 9.30am – St Francis of Assisi [Quartet]
Introit:  Justus ut palma (The righteous flourish) – chant (mode I) 
Mass setting: Communion Service in the Phrygian Mode – Charles Wood
Communion: Prayer of St Francis – William Beckstrand
Organ recessional: Psalm Prelude, Set 1, No 1 – Herbert Howells

Sunday 15 October, 9.30am – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 23)
Introit: Si iniquitates (If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities) – chant (mode III)
Mass setting: Missa brevis – Andrea Gabrieli
Communion: O sacrum convivium – Olivier Messiaen
Organ recessional: Choral Song in C – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

Thursday 2 November, 7.30pm – All Souls  [Cantor]
Mass setting: Missa de Angelis – Cox and Skinner
Communion: Pie Jesu – Gabriel Fauré
Organ recessional: Elegy – George Thalben-Ball

Sunday 5 November, 9.30am – All Saints
Introit: Gaudeamus omnes (Let us all rejoice) – chant (mode I)
Mass setting: Communion Service in F – Herbert Sumsion
Communion: O quam gloriosum – T.L. de Victoria
Organ recessional: Litanies – Jehan Alain

Sunday 26 November, 9.30am – Christ the King
Introit: Dignus est Agnus (Worthy is the Lamb) – chant (mode III)
Mass setting: Missa brevis in C (K.259) – Mozart
Communion:  Sing, my soul, his wondrous love – Ned Rorem
Organ recessional: Pièce Héroïque – Cesar Franck

Sunday 3 December, 9.30am – Advent 1 [Quartet]
Mass setting: Missa L’hora passa – Lodovico Viadana
Communion: People look east – Besançon Carol
Organ recessional: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)
 – J.S. Bach 

Sunday 17 December, 8.00pm – Advent Carol Service ‘Waiting for the Light’
Extended Evening Prayer celebrating the Season of Advent in Readings and Music

Sunday 24 December, 11.00pm – Carols and Midnight Mass of Christmas
Introit: Dominus dixit ad me (The Lord said to me) – chant (mode II)
Mass setting: Mass in G – Franz Schubert
Communion: Resonet in laudibus – Michael Praetorius
Organ recessional: Les Enfants de Dieu (from La Nativité) – Olivier Messiaen

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