St Mary's music programme seeks to stir the hearts and minds of all who worship (or attend a concert performance) in our beautiful stone church on the cliffs at Kangaroo Point.
Sunday worship is cradled in a rich blend of organ and choral music from many styles and eras, and might be described as traditional, though not rigidly so.
The MAM CONCERT SERIES enables Brisbane audiences to enjoy outstanding performances of chamber, choral and organ music in the intimacy of one of the city's most beautiful venues. Click here to view current events.
St Mary's Choir
St Mary's Choir in its present form was established in 1994 as a mixed choir of 12-14 singers from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The Full Choir sings every other Sunday (see: choir schedule) at the 9.00am Eucharist and rehearses on Thursday evening (7.30pm) and Sunday morning (8am). The choir sings a broad repertoire, incorporating all periods of choral music from Gregorian chant through to the 20th century.
New choir members are welcome at any time - if you would like to join St Mary's Choir, please contact PHILLIP GEARING (0408 159 473 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
St Mary's MUSIC FOUNDATION
St Mary's Music Foundation was established in 2007 to support and promote musical excellence at St Mary's Kangaroo Point. Tax-deductible donations in support of our musical endeavours are always welcome.
St Mary's Organ
St Mary's is the custodian of Queensland's oldest pipe organ. As a result of the 'modernization' of this instrument in 1961 many important original components were removed. A major project to regain the integrity of the original instrument is planned for the coming years. In order to accommodate St Mary's significant musical requirements in the interim, a 3-manual Allen Q-300 digital organ was purchased from All Organs Australia in 2008.
Ensemble in Residence
St Mary's is proud to provide a home to one of Australia's leading choral ensembles CANTICUM CHAMBER CHOIR directed by Emily Cox. CANTICUM rehearses each Tuesday evening in St Mary's Hall and provide choral resources for special services, including weddings.
St Mary's Grand Piano
In 2005 James Cox (a lifelong choral singer and lover of fine music) offered to purchase a concert-grade grand piano for St Mary's, in recognition of the key role played by the parish music ministry, and to enable and support the further development of this ministry.
The arrival of the Boston (Steinway) 218 (7'2) in September 2005 has had a profound impact on liturgical and non-liturgical musical presentations.
Memorial Chancel Chairs
On 9 May 2004 Bishop Ron William dedicated two bridal chairs and fourteen new chancel/choir chairs, the majority of which were donated in memory of Bronwen Warner (1936-2002), wife of Canon John Warner (Rector 1993-99). Bronwen was an enthusiastic supporter of choral music and greatly encouraged the formation of a new choir at St Mary's in 1994.