“As the shadows lengthen…”
Finishing a day of sightseeing, on the way home from work, or on the way in for late night shopping in the city. Stop by St Andrew’s Cathedral for a traditional evensong.
The world-famous St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir of boys and men have been singing in the heart of Sydney for almost 200 years.
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.
The choristers, the youngest just 6, form the treble line and perform evensong on Mondays from 5.15pm. 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 2 readings and a 5-minute sermon, and concludes with a well-loved congregational hymn.
Evensong is sung during school terms on Mondays (choristers only) and Thursday (men and boys).