There are four choirs currently in residence at Wellington Cathedral:
Director: Michael Stewart
The Choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul is a mixed voice choir of 25 singers which has developed a reputation as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in Australasia. The choir has toured to Australia; Fiji; England and Ireland (2002); and England and Paris (2008). In addition to singing at the Cathedral, the choir has performed frequently in concerts and radio and television broadcasts. The choir has been fortunate to have award winning young Kiwi, Andrew Baldwin, as Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral from 2007-2009. The choir has worked with conductors such as Andrew Lumsden, Director of Music, Winchester Cathedral, UK; Katherine Dienes-Williams, Director of Music, Guildford Cathedral UK; Dr Richard Marlow, Fellow in Music, Trinity College Cambridge; and Philip Scriven, Director of Music, Lichfield Cathedral. To mark the Jubilee of the Cathedral’s consecration in 2014, the choir released ‘Eternal Spirit’, a recording of music written for the Cathedral over the last fifty years.
Please get in touch with Michael Stewart at [email protected] with any enquiries.
Director: Michael Stewart
The Cathedral Choristers number up to 24 boys and girls aged between 8 and 15. The choir rehearses twice a week, on Tuesdays and on Thursdays (before singing Evensong). The Choristers lead the Sunday Choral Eucharist or Choral Evensong once a month.
Each young person learns to work as part of a team and to take responsibility for his or her own performance. Choristers are treated as young professionals and the Cathedral treble programme represents one of the finest musical educations available to young people in New Zealand. The choristers use a ribbon training scheme which provides both musical education and Christian training.
The Choristers are often called on to sing in professional engagements, and have appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.
The Director of Music, Michael Stewart, is always happy to audition prospective choristers. Please make contact with him on [email protected] if you are interested in finding out more.
Director: Richard Apperley
The Children’s Choir is aimed at children aged between 5 – 8. The choir is directed by Richard Apperley, Assistant Director of Music at the cathedral, and serves as a training ground for those wishing to become members of the Cathedral Choristers. Singers learn essential vocal technique, music theory and experience the joy and fun of singing as part of a choir through both games and repertoire.
The choir rehearses during term time on Thursday afternoons from 3.30 – 4.30pm, and once a month sings a service with the Cathedral Choristers. There is no cost or audition to be a member of the choir.
Please contact Richard Apperley for further information about the choir by emailing [email protected]
St. Paul’s Chorale
St. Paul’s Chorale is a voluntary auditioned adult choir which sings in the Cathedral from time to time. Repertoire consists of parish to Cathedral level music that can be prepared in a modest amount of rehearsal time. Prospective singers are given a short range test before entry.