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Eternal Spirit

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If there is one aspect of human life common to all people and cultures it must surely be music. Of all musical expressions, human voices are often the most moving and engaging.

At the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul we have a long and celebrated tradition of choral music that has stirred the hearts of many thousands of people. Music is truly food for the soul.

It is no accident that this CD is being released during our 50th anniversary celebrations. Over the course of 2014, we have enjoyed the very best of our choral worship in diverse expressions of the faith. It has also been a time to remember that much of the music performed this year was written specifically for our choir. In that light, every piece on this CD is unique to our Cathedral musicians. May this music bring hope to all who listen.

The Very Reverend Digby Wilkinson – Dean of Wellington

The CD is available for $30 from the cathedral shop and online from It is also available as a digital download.

Christmas at the Cathedral


Christmas organ music recorded at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by Michael Stewart (Organist and Director of Music) and Richard Apperley (Assistant Director of Music)

The fragrance of evergreen Advent wreaths, Christmas trees with real candles, stomping through the snow to Midnight Mass with church bells ringing out into the crisp night air, and cheerful organ music welcoming us in out of the cold – these are my memories of Advent and Christmas spent in Alsace-Lorraine, on the border between France and Germany.

Of course the Advent and Christmas seasons are very different in New Zealand, seasons of heat and light rather than the cold and darkness of the European winter, marked too by the challenges of Christmas shopping and end of year festivities all coming at us at once.

All the more reason, then, to take time to enjoy and appreciate some of the beautiful seasonal music of the organ repertoire, to remind us of the true message of the Advent and Christmas seasons, Christ coming to dwell with us, and to help us prepare our hearts for his coming.

Organ music is an intrinsic part of the worship of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. This collection of organ music for Advent and Christmas is the first solo recording of the instrument since 2006, and focuses particularly on the French and German Baroque periods. It is a collaboration between Director of Music Michael Stewart and Assistant Director of Music Richard Apperley, who also takes the credit for the recording engineering. Proceeds from this recording will go towards future rebuilding of the organ. Thank you for your support.

Canon Jenny Wilkens
Priest in Charge

Copies are available for NZ$25 from the cathedral shop, and online at the organism online store.




With yuletide expressions both traditional and contemporary, this CD from the choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington, New Zealand, explores a vast musical landscape. Nestled snugly among perennial carol favorites are works by 20th-century British choral masters, luminous modern American classics, and recently composed works by New Zealand composers Andrew Baldwin and Geoffrey Coker. Glorious cathedral acoustics complement solid foundations provided by organ and brass. Michael Fulcher directs the choir; Richard Apperley plays most of the accompaniments; Thomas Gaynor, organ scholar, accompanies “Once in Royal David’s City.”

Copies are available for NZ$20 from the cathedral shop, and online at the organism online store.

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1 Tidings, tidings that be true (Peter Aston, b. 1938)

2 Once in royal David’s city (arr. James O’Donnell, b. 1961)

3 The angel Gabriel (arr. Pettman, 1865-1943)

4 A maiden most gentle (Andrew Carter, b. 1939)

5 God is with us (John Tavener, b. 1944)

6 O magnum mysterium (Andrew Baldwin. b. 1986)

7 O magnum mysterium (Morten Lauridsen, b. 1943)

8 Splendours of nature (Geoffrey Coker, b. 1949)

9 Lux aurumque (Eric Whitacre, b. 1970)

10 Sing lullaby (Herbert Howells, 1892-1983)

11 Lullay my liking (Andrew Baldwin)

12 Away in a manger (arr. David Hill, b. 1957)

13 The Salutation (Geoffrey Coker, b. 1949)

14 Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock, 1894-1930)

15 Hark, the herald angels sing (arr. David Hill)

16For Him all stars have shone (Bob Chilcott, b. 1955)

17 O come, all ye faithful (arr. David Hill)



The Service of Shadows

Music for Good Friday and Passiontide

Service of Shadows

The Service of Shadows is a service held on Good Friday in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. This recording captures the seven Kyries sung at this service as well as other music for Good Friday and Passiontide. The choir is directed by Michael Fulcher and accompanied by organist Max Kenworthy, former Assistant Director of Music.

Music featured includes Kyries from the masses of Kiwi composers Andrew Baldwin and Katherine Dienes as well as those of Palestrina, Mathias, Fauré and Langlais, plus the beautiful Requiem of Maurice Duruflé. Other music includes the Howells Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in B minor, and music by Kenneth Leighton.

Award-winning young Kiwi composer Andrew Baldwin was our Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral. We are particularly proud to present the first recordings of Andrew Baldwin’s settings of “O vos omnes” and his Responses of the office of Evensong.

Copies are available for NZ$15 from the cathedral shop, and online at the organism online store.

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The Service of Shadows


1 Kyrie from Missa deus genitor alme – Plainsong

2 Kyrie from Missa aeterna christi munera – Palestrina

3 Kyrie from St Pauls Eucharist – Katherine Dienes

4 Kyrie from Messe Basse – Gabriel Fauré

5 Kyrie from Missa Brevis – William Mathias

6 Kyrie from Messe Solenelle – Jean Langlais

7 Introit & Kyrie from Requiem – Maurice Duruflé
A Passiontide Evensong

8 Solus ad victimam – Kenneth Leighton

9 Preces in A flat – Andrew Baldwin

10 Psalm 12 – Chant: Luke Flintoft

11 Magnificat Evening service in B minor – Herbert Howells

12 Nunc Dimittis Evening service in B minor – Herbert Howells

13 Responses in A flat – Andrew Baldwin

14 O Vos Omnes – Andrew Baldwin




Archive recordings

These recordings are available from the cathedral shop.

Andrew Cantrill – Fête


Recorded in 2002, this CD features French organ masterworks performed by Andrew Cantrill, former Director of Music at the cathedral. The CD includes works by Bonnet, Vierne, Lefébure-Wély, Langlais, Franck, Dupré and Cogen.


From Darkness to Light: An Advent Procession

Darkness to Light

The celebration of Christmas in New Zealand is a unique blend of European tradition and sunshine. On this recording, we have tried to capture the magic of this service and the joyful anticipation of Christmas as experienced each year in Wellington.

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Transports de joie

Transports de joie

Recorded in 1999, this CD features French organ masterworks performed by Philip Walsh, former Director of Music at the cathedral. The CD includes works by Widor, Franck, Messiaen, Vierne, Alain, Duruflé, Saint-Saëns, Franck and Langlais.


Favourite Hymns: Cathedral Classics Volume 1

Favourite Hymns

Recorded in just one day as part of the music department’s choral outreach programme, this disc of favourite hymns sung by the Cathedral Choir and Choristers with the Cathedral Congregation makes the perfect Christmas present. Hymns included in the play list are Praise to the Lord, Dear Lord and Father, Morning has broken, Glorious things of Thee are spoken, Drop, drop slow tears and many more.