Lift your spirits in the joy of Christmas
with Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir
Come and hear Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir at home in the Cathedral singing a variety of traditional and less well-known Christmas music, accompanied by Sinfonia Australis. Woven into the two performances on Friday 14th December 2018 are readings by well known personalities and opportunities for you to lend your voice to the Cathedral Choir and orchestra.
The matinée (11 a.m.) is an excellent opportunity for families and anyone else to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping in the heart of the City. The evening performance (7 p.m.) includes a Christmas reflection given by the Archbishop.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir is a professional choir of boys and men in the style of English cathedral choirs. This year marks the Choir’s bicentenary: it is Australia’s oldest musical organisation. The Choir sings at regular services in St Mary’s Cathedral more than 600 times a year, and has lifted the hearts of Christmas concertgoers with its highly-polished A Christmas Celebration since 2015. Read more about the Choir here.
The Director of Music
Thomas Wilson has been Director of Music at St Mary’s Cathedral since 2010. Originally from New Zealand, he moved to the UK in 2003 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, and then worked at Ealing Abbey and Westminster Cathedral. Since coming to Sydney he has established a regular schedule of daily choral liturgical services. He led the Choir on a tour to Rome in October 2011. Read more about him here.
The chamber orchestra Sinfonia Australis is made up of Australia’s finest players. Originally set up to work with the chorus Cantillation, Sinfonia Australis has developed a life of it’s own particularly in the recording studio. The group has made a number of CDs - including The Fauré Requiem, the aria winning CD The Voice with bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Souvenirs with oboist Diana Doherty, the Four Seasons with flautist Jane Rutter and the complete set of Beethoven piano concertos with pianist Gerard Willems, amongst others. The last of these was also recorded for DVD, and has won a number of awards. Other projects include Operatunity, a co-presentation between ABC TV, ABC Classics and Opera Australia, CDs with Sara Macliver, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jane Sheldon, Annalisa Kerrigan, Sally Maer and Shu Cheen Yu. Sinfonia Australis has also recorded sound tracks for several feature films including The Bank and The Boys.
A Christmas Celebration
Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir &
Friday 14th December 2018
11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney