From Rome to Florence

Today, we awoke in Rome!We had a great variety of choices for breakfast. We could choose from bread, croissants, doughnuts, muffins, and pita, as well as eggs, cereal and fruit.We had to be in a hurry though, because we had a rehearsal straight after. We had a run-through of our songs for our concert, then a break (where I played the organ), and then had a very special guest. We sang for the Master of Music at King's College, Cambridge. He was very nice, and gave us some great feedback, which helped us a lot. After our rehearsal, we had an Italian lunch with some of our ...Read more…

Festival final days

12th May 2018Today we had Mass and Terce in the morning, where we sang the Introit and Ave Maria by Victoria. It was the votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the celebrant was the Bishop of Brugge. After Mass, before lunch, the Hungarian girls played soccer (or football!) with us and they won… We then had lunch, which was tomato soup, as we had had the day before, and ice cream.We then went to sing for the 'audition' or 'listening session'. At the audition, we sang six pieces of Gregorian chant: Ecce quam bonum, Intret in ...Read more…

In Flanders Fields

On Friday, the choir had a day off from any Masses or concerts, so we decided it would be important to visit some First World War museums and sites. Our first stop was a small field with many graves of soldiers killed in battle, including many unknown heroes. Seeing the graves of these men, who were brothers, sons and fathers, struck a chord for us, preparing us for the solemnity of the day. After paying our respects to these soldiers, we made our way through a pathway towards our next destination.After a short walk filled with a silence, we reached our next stop, ...Read more…

Ascension Thursday

Today we woke with shock to the dulcet tones of an all-too familiar voice crying, “Gentlemen! Time to get up!” Everyone came out of their cabins like zombies wanting to return to their graves (bed!).During breakfast Ms Lewis (the best English teacher) made a revolutionary discovery called biscuit spread.At 10:30, we sang at Mass with multiple other choirs for the Feast of the Ascension. The Mass came to an abrupt stop as the Korean choir forgot to sing the Alleluia. However, the day was saved by the almighty Mr Butler and his phenomenal sight reading skills. ...Read more…

Browsing Brussels…

Our day began with a sleep-in of one hour after a late night in Antwerp. Breakfast was then had. After this, the scholars recorded some of their repertoire in the local church, which dates back to the year AD 800. The church itself was solemn and beautiful, and contained relics of the original structure. The acoustics were impressive, making the recording experience very enjoyable.After a large lunch, we set out for Brussels. The two-hour bus ride was well worth it, and our first views of Brussels were of the beautiful parklands, gardens, and sculptures. Our next view was of the ...Read more…

A day in Dunkirk

Today, the sixth day of our prestigious Belgium tour, was rather eventful, if somewhat tiring. Beginning late, as a result of our concert in Brussels the previous night, breakfast involved a daily helping of Ms Lewis' fun facts, as has now become the custom. Today, this manifested into a question as to our favourite English teacher's most loved Charles Dickens novel, and the hilarious response ‘What’s a Dickens?’ by someone whom I’m sure wishes to remain anonymous. Following this morning laugh, there was a rush to pack our bags and move away from Watou. However, ...Read more…

An afternoon in Antwerp

Today was, like all other days of the tour, an incredible experience. The city of Antwerp, although difficult to get to due to heavy traffic, was completely worth the effort. The juxtaposition of old, traditional European structures and more modern architecture made this city unique and very beautiful.The highlights of Antwerp were undoubtedly the Antwerp fountain and the Cathedral of Our Lady. Located in the heart of the city, culture and tradition run deep in these structures. The fountain portrayed the whimsical myth of Antwerp, sourced from the Dutch words “ant” (hand) and ...Read more…

Hallo from Belgium!

Saturday was our first full day in Belgium. The students were a trifle concerned when breakfast had not been served at the promised time. Nevertheless, the time was opportune for a Dutch lesson from Mr Van Stade, most of which was promptly forgotten by the students, except for the request “Waar is het toilet?”However, some miscommunication regarding timing did not lessen the excitement felt by staff and students at the sight of the eventual breakfast. It was a beacon of continental matutinal culinary excellence. Fresh bread rolls brought from over the French border, served with ...Read more…

Thank you for coming to Bach, Britten, Bernstein

Thank you for coming to Bach, Britten, Bernstein

We've put together a video to thank you for coming to our concert. In the video you can hear some of our boy Choristers talking about their experiences singing in the City Recital Hall for the concert and about the Choir in general. If you weren’t able to join us for the concert, then the video also provides an excellent opportunity to hear some of the performance, which was recorded live.

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Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir featured in the Sydney Morning Herald

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir featured in the Sydney Morning Herald

Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir was featured on the Arts page in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. Nick Galvin writes about the attention-grabbing sound of the Choir in the Cathedral, the intense discipline of the Choristers’ rehearsal, and the relationship between the Choir, the Cathedral, and the city as a whole. Read the article here »

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Job Vacancy!

An exiting position has been created for the role of 'Chorister Tutor'. The Chorister Tutor will work closely with the Director of Music and Music Administrator to support the pastoral care, supervision and child safety obligations of the Choir towards its Student choristers. The Chorister Tutor will also be required to provide administrative support within the St Mary's Cathedral Music Department.If you think that you might be interested in this role please see our 'Jobs' page for a copy of the full Job ...Read more…