Music at St Paul’s

The Cathedral Choir

For 125 years, the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral has been a key part in the religious and musical life of Melbourne, enjoying and perpetuating a long tradition of musical excellence.  

Founded in 1888, some three years before the opening of the Cathedral, the Choir took up temporary lodging at All Saints' Church, St Kilda, while the new Cathedral building was completed. Boys and men were recruited and, after three years' training, on 22 January 1891 the Choir led the music for the consecration of the new Cathedral.

The present Choir consists of 18 boys and 16 gentlemen. During school term, the Choir sings the 10.30am Choral Eucharist on Sundays and Sunday Choral Evensong, as well as Evensong during the week, on Tuesdays to Fridays at 5.10pm.

The Choir is involved in many major diocesan and civic services. The Choir is renowned for its carol services at Advent and Christmas, as well as its Easter services, and has maintained a tradition of singing  John Stainer's Passion Oratorio 'The Crucifixion' each Good Friday since 1891.

The Choir's repertoire is large and varied, ranging from the 13th Century through Tallis, Gibbons, Byrd, Purcell, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Stanford, Elgar, Sumsion, Rutter, to works written or arranged by contemporary composers, including former Cathedral Organist and Choir Director, Dr June Nixon, and the present Director of  Music, Mr Philip Nicholls.