Finishing a day of sightseeing or on the way home from work, stop by St Andrew’s Cathedral for a traditional evensong.
The world-famous St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir has been singing in the heart of Sydney for almost 200 years.
The choristers, the youngest just six, form the treble line. They are joined by the men of the choir for a second evensong each week on Thursdays.
Evensong is a traditional service (1662 BCP): prayers, a psalm, collects, and an anthem are all sung and sound glorious from the choir stalls of Australia’s oldest cathedral. Various settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are performed each week.
The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Ross Cobb, offers a brief explanation of the anthem that is featured at each short, beautiful service. Each evensong includes two readings and a 5-minute sermon, and concludes with a well-loved congregational hymn.
The oldest continuous musical group in the southern hemisphere, the choir first sang at the laying of the cathedral’s foundation stone in 1819. St Andrew’s Cathedral School was established in 1885 to educate the cathedral’s choristers. Some famous choristers include Sir Edmund Barton, Australia’s first prime minister, and pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith.
Evensong is sung regularly during school terms.
“Superb choirs at evensong… lovely service with a great vibe and the choir stunned us with their sheer power. Right in the city…” Gareth, Gold Coast, Trip Advisor March 2017.