Chapel organ celebration

Chapel organ celebration

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Here is a clip from the Re-dedication concert on 17 April with director of Music Mr David Drury (organ), Mr John Foster (trumpet) and Miss Elise Morton (soprano) performing GH Handel’s ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’. After the welcome from the Warden, the College Chaplain, Revd Antony Weiss, led the re-dedication of the organ. The organ remained silent until the organ scholar Miss Stacey Yang of Graduate House began the concert with Felix Mendelssohn’s celebratory Sonata No. 4 (Allegro con brio). The music continued with David taking over the bench and performing a broad repertoire from a 16th century Erbach Canzon to J S Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C to a 20th century Moreau Cantabile. Both Elise and John joined David to augment the splendid sound of the newly refurbished organ that was built by the Dutch firm of D A Flentrop in 1971 thanks to the generosity of

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Remembering Prince Philip

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The College community mourns the loss of HRH Prince Philip KG KT PC OM GBE AK AC(Mil), Duke of Edinburgh who played such an influential role in the Commonwealth as consort to Her Majesty the Queen throughout her long reign. At 99 he was just two months short of his 100th birthday and his service to Queen and country is a long read that includes: Field Marshal of the Australian Military Forces, Admiral of the Fleet of the RAN, Marshal of the RAAF, Colonel-in-Chief of the Australian Army Cadets, [plus equivalent roles in the British Military Forces], Lord High Admiral (2011-21), Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh (1953-2010), Chancellor of the University of Salford (1967-91), Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1976-2011), Founder of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and served as a Royal Navy Commander in WW2. HRH visited Australia on 21 occasions during his lifetime including the

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Re-opening of the Flentrop organ & concert

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The recently refurbished Chapel pipe organ will be re-dedicated during an opening concert on Saturday 17 April – 2.30pm.

Program will include works by Bach, Erbach, Handel, Peeters, Karg-Elert and Moreau. Organ – David Drury; Trumpet – John Foster; Soprano – Elise Morton.

In 1972 when the organ was installed it was described as one of the finest organs in Australia, its mechanical action “is beautifully engineered” and “the sound of the organ fulfils exactly our expectations”. After 47 years of service to the College and the music community of Sydney the organ was taken apart, all 880 pipes cleaned, all worn parts replaced, the keyboards rebuilt, and the Kromhoorn 8′ stop replaced with new pipework from Germany. The installation of a traditional Klokster has added a vibrant new sound to the instrument very much in-keeping with its classical Dutch organ principles.

The organ was built in 1971 by the Dutch firm of Flentrop and made possible by the generosity of the late Sir Alexis Albert CMG and his family. Sir Alexis was in College (1926-28), as were his three sons: Robert 1953-56, Ted 1956–58 and Tony 1958-62.

The refurbishment project has been undertaken by the Sydney organ building firm of Peter D G Jewkes Pty Ltd. Despite the difficulties of 2020 factory closures and freight disruptions it was still somewhat an international project involving the organ works of Aug Laukhuff in Weikersheim and Killinger Killinger Pfeifen in Freiberg.

The organ is sparkling once again and sounding brilliant. It is now possible to play a range of musical styles which enrich the musical and devotional life of the College.

ALL ARE WELCOME on Saturday 17 April. A donation for the Chapel Music Fund on exiting the Chapel would be appreciated. Refreshments are being provided after the concert. Seating in the chapel will be guided by the COVID rules of the day.

Last chance … Opera in the Quad

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OQ Video Prepare to be transported back to the early 6th Century, as we embark on a tale of medieval adventure and mysticism. One of the greatest works of western music, Purcell’s operetta ‘King Arthur’ tells the story of King Arthur’s Britons as they battle the Saxons. Led by Ross Cobb and performed on a period orchestra of Australia’s best historically informed musicians. Performed in the open-air; bring a picnic rug or a chair and BYO drinks whilst surrounded by the stunning sandstone Quadrangle of St Paul’s College. Venue | Quadrangle, St Paul’s College, within the University of Sydney Date | Friday 9 April 7pm Cost | $60/40 Tickets | tinyurl.com/kingpurcell

St Paul’s Medicos are Oxford-bound!

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Usually only two Australian medical students were selected to undertake a prestigious placement at the University of Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital. We’re delighted that both – Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon – are Paulines!  Each year, fifty places are offered to non-Oxford international medical students to complete elective study at Oxford.  For one term, Mr Hayden Randall and Mr Ash Dixon will work alongside experienced doctors at the renowned teaching and research hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and enjoy all the opportunities and experiences of being a student at Oxford.  Ash and Hayden are third year medical students at the University of Sydney and joined St Paul’s Graduate House in its inaugural year in 2019. Hayden is also our Assistant Senior Tutor, has been a sessional academic at USyd’s Department of Anatomy and Histology, and has been a tutor at St Paul’s and The Women’s College

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Derek Young and the dark side of COVID

2 weeks ago

Derek Young, in College 1984-86, is one of a number of Australians, one-in-five victims of the COVID virus, who have a debilitating ‘Long COVID’ illness. Read Derek’s story by following the link below and learn more about the severe ongoing problems associated with the pandemic. At this time we only know of one Pauline who has died as a result of the pandemic, Robert Crichton-Brown (in College 1962) whose obituary can be found on the Requiescat in Pace page. Link to SMH Story As a matter of interest there are now over 25 students in College studying Doctor of Medicine or other post-graduate health degrees. These emerging health professional face an increasingly complex career in the health care profession. We would love to hear from Paulines in front line health who would like to share their progress, warnings and achievements. PIC: Gabriela Domicelj and her husband Derek Young (from SMH)

Chapel services for Holy Week

3 weeks ago

29 March to Easter Day 2021 Monday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Holy Communion – (30 mins) |Tuesday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Choral Communion – (45 mins) | Wednesday in Holy Week: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 5:30pm Holy Communion – (30 mins) Maundy Thursday: 8:30am Morning Prayer – (20 mins) & 12 noon Holy Communion – (30 mins) Good Friday: 9:00am Morning Prayer and the Litany – (20 mins); 9:30am The Passion Narrative from John’s Gospel – (30 mins) – Followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Chapel Quad Easter Day: 9:30am Holy Communion – (30 mins) – Followed by Easter Eggs in the Chapel Quad

Celebrating our academics!

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The Undergraduate Community welcomed the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Professor Stephen Garton AM, as the guest of honour at the annual Academic Dinner on 22 March. The Vice Chancellor addressed the gathering which filled the Hall and overflowed and was live-streamed into the JCR. The evening included the formalities of recognising the academic achievements of 2020 and those awarded University prizes, to nine Paulines, and College prizes to seven Paulines. Among the 2020 achievements for the College community there were 17 undergraduates with HD average and 90 with Distinction average. The gathering was entertained by Mr Ernest Lam with his performance on vocal and guitar of Daniel Caesar’s R&B hit Best Part (2017). The St Paul’s community congratulates all our high achieving students. The prize lists: UNIVERSITY PRIZES AND AWARDS (as notified to date) Nathaniel Gleeson: Sydney Scholars Award 2019 Ross Johnston : Business School Student

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Pauline appointed to the Federal Court

4 weeks ago

Mr John Halley SC, in College 1979-82, has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and took up office on 19 March 2021. John was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1986 and began his career at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters) and called to the NSW Bar in 1993. See the Federal Minister’s media release HERE. The College joins with the Australian legal community in congratulating John on this important appointment.

Nonagenarian Pauline visits

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When World War 2 broke out David Warden (in College 1948-52) finished his Leaving Certificate at Shore and joined the RAN and served as a radar technician. After the war, he began studying medicine at Sydney University and realised that he needed to live on campus to concentrate on his studies and be with a community of like-minded souls but couldn’t get into College in his first year due to the post-war demand. It was in 1948 that Felix Arnott was able to offer him a place and David, being one of the more mature-in-age students, gave College his all. He was a rower, athlete and footballer. He became College’s no.1 sprinter and was captain of the College XV in 1951. Because of his university rugby contribution he received a University Blue in football in 1951. His telephonic skills (from the Navy days) were put to good use creating a

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