Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of St John’s Choirs are currently on hiatus.
The Parish Choir
The St John’s Parish Choir is an SATB four-part choir that sings at the Sunday 9.30am Choral Eucharist. They meet at 9.00am to warm up, and rehearse after Mass c.11.15am-12pm in the Choir Stalls. They sing hymns, a Mass setting, as well as motets, psalms, a Gospel Alleluia, sequences and so on. They also occasionally combine with other choirs for large events, such as the choral concerts or Guild of Church Musicians services. New members are always welcome and should contact the Director of Music or meet us on Sundays, or simply turn up to rehearsal.
The 8am Singers is a new group formed in late 2008. This unison choir sings at the 8.00am BCP Communion service each Sunday and rehearses at 7.30am with no additional mid-week rehearsals. This is a non-auditioned group of volunteers, so everyone can join. In addition to singing the Merbecke Mass setting and leading the hymns, they sing a Communion hymn. New members are welcome and should just turn up at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. Other enquiries are welcome to the Director of Music.
Voces Joannis is a choir for late high school and university-aged ladies. This choir was formed in 2012. While all present members of this small but very competent group presently undertake singing lessons, that is by no means a requisite for membership. New members are welcome to audition by contacting the Director of Music.
St John’s Evensong Choir
The St John’s Evensong Choir was formed in 2013 to sing about three of the monthly Evensongs throughout the year. It is an auditioned choir that performs music to a high standard. It invites members who are already familiar with responses, Anglican chant, and processing and who can sight-read and hold a part to audition. Many competent singers love Evensong but do not have the opportunity to sing it often or cannot make the commitment to weekly rehearsals and performances. This is the choir for such singers.
The Cathedral Singers
The Cathedral Singers is an independent Choir and has been a Choir-in-residence at St John’s since 2009. It is an auditioned ‘double’ choir (8 parts). They rehearse at St John’s on Wednesday evenings (7.30-9.30pm) and sing at occasional services at St John’s while maintaining their impressive schedule of singing in parishes all around Sydney. They have also recorded and toured to places such as Brisbane, Canberra, Goulburn, Wangaratta, New Zealand and England in 2008 and 2011. In the UK they sang in Westminster Abbey, Salisbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster and many other famous places. Enquiries can be made via their website.