The St Mary’s Cathedral’s Music Programme has a rich heritage of music spanning over 150 years enriching the liturgical and cultural life of the Cathedral and, indeed, the whole of the community of Perth. The Music Programme provides sacred music thus enhancing the Cathedral’s liturgies. Through its concerts and various music events, the Music Programme provides a valuable outreach connecting the Cathedral to the wider community thus making the Cathedral a truly a vibrant icon of the city of Perth.
The Cathedral is home to the St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, the principal ensemble of the Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir has been in existence since before 1900 and, even at this early stage, was a well-respected adult, mixed choir performing many large-scale Masses and other sacred works at Masses, concerts and other special events both in the Cathedral and in the community of Perth. Beginning in 1937, the choir was reformed as an ensemble of boy trebles and men.
Through its history, the Choir has earned a reputation for excellence in sacred music; and has been featured in radio and television broadcasts including regular ABC radio broadcasts of the Sunday Solemn Sung Mass from the Cathedral. It has also taken part in various tours and in July 2008, the Choir was invited to sing at the Papal services as part of the World Youth Day 2008 celebrations in Sydney.
The Choir has also made several recordings of sacred music, the most recent being in 2015 with the recording of the CD ‘Laudate Dominum: Songs of Joy and Hope’.
The Cathedral is also home to an historic Australian pipe organ built in 1910 by Josiah Eustace Dodd (1856-1952); and as of 2009, also houses an historic New Zealand pipe organ built by Australian organ builder Arthur Hobday (1851-1912). This organ was originally built for the Wellington Newtown Methodist Church in 1905.
The Music Programme features some of Perth’s leading musicians as cantors, soloists, organists and orchestral players.
Director of Music and Principal Organist:
Joshua Adams (Principal Cantor)