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Re-opening of the Flentrop organ & concert

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

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Last chance … Opera in the Quad

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 |

Chapel services for Holy Week

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

Anzac Service

Resident members of the College will commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to those Paulines who died in the service of their nation on Anzac Day at a 10 am service in the Chapel. Seating for this service will be strictly limited due to the high number of resident Paulines who are planning to attend. If old Paulines would like to attend please contact Mr Richard Morgan at College by phone (02 9550 7472) or email ( to discuss arrangements. [Pic: 2nd Lieutenant AEH Cooper (in College 1914-16) killed in action, France 1917]

Carol Service

The Annual College Carol Service this year will be pre-recorded for broadcast. The Video will be available to view at the scheduled time of the service – 7.30pm Sunday 13 December and will remain on line. CLICK HERE As is our tradition the service will be the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and feature organ, choir and readers. There is no participatory service due to COVID rules.

Virtual Victoriana! just in time for Christmas

The St Paul’s College Union is pleased to advise that Victoriana! is “in the can” – filming and editing are complete, and it is ready for release on Friday 18 December just in time for Christmas. Many Paulines and friends may care to arrange dinner parties around the screening for an audience at home. For more about Virtual Victoriana! show CLICK HERE For the Virtual Victoriana! show click the below video.


Chapel organ celebration

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

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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St Paul’s Medicos are Oxford-bound!

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

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)

Celebrating our academics!

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

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.

Cricket XI Secure Victory, Break Drought

The College Cricket XI has broken a five-year drought, winning Rawson Cup Cricket for the first time since 2016. St Andrew’s College had been undefeated for the entirety of those five years, however, on the 17th of March 2021, the Androvians went down to the Paulines. The successful campaign comes off the back of a great pre-semester camp, combined with a noted attitude improvement at training, driven by Senior Student and Cricket Captain, Matt Moran, in conjunction with convenors, Steven Parras and Sam McCutcheon. Rainfall from the night before, and during the morning, delayed the start of the match as both teams waited for the pitch to dry. The Paulines won the toss, and went on to bowl out St Andrew’s for 79, before chasing that total down with 6 wickets in hand. Congratulations to the 2021 Rawson Cup Cricket Champions!

Paul’s Off To Strong Start In Palladian Cup

St Paul’s opened the 2021 Palladian Cup campaign with a bang, placing first in the Solo Instrumental tournament. Saxophonist, and second year, Ben Lerner, performed “Chasin’ the Trane” by John Coltrane on an alto saxophone. The piece was performed in standard blues form, but approached by Mr. Lerner in a chordless trio context, without piano or guitar. “I approached the performance like a live gig and wanted to bring the same energy that I’d bring on the first tune of a gig, rather than unnecessarily flaunt technique, which is typically expected in competitions like the Palladian Cup,” said Mr. Lerner after his set. Freshman, Thomas Mah Chut, was the other representative from Paul’s. Mr. Mah Chut performed “Evocation” by Isaac Albeniz on piano, and was very well received by the audience.  Paul’s has not placed first in a Palladian Cup event since Hugh Jameson’s Solo Vocal performance in 2018, and

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Cricket XI defeat Wesley, set stage for showdown against St Andrew’s

The College Cricket XI backed up its excellent performance from earlier in the week against St Johns, defeating Wesley yesterday. Wesley got off to a slow start, however, soon found some rhythm after the first dozen innings, notching up 172 runs in total heading into the lunch break. The Paulines came out firing at the resumption of the match, finding their rhythm easily and quickly. Freshman, Archie Cornell, was a notable performer with the bat, while convenor, Jack Attenborough, picked up where he left off against John’s and impressed with the ball. Paul’s were able to comfortably chase down the 172 total with 8 wickets in hand. Next Wednesday the boys take on St Andrew’s in the 2021 Rawson Cup cricket decider. Andrew’s have also had duel victories against Wesley and St John’s. Paul’s have no lack of motivation going into the match, having not beaten Andrew’s since 2016.

Nonagenarian Pauline visits

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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Cricket XI Open Rawson Campaign With Victory

The St Paul’s Cricket XI began the 2021 Rawson Cup campaign with a strong performance against a tidy St John’s outfit on the College oval. Skippered by Senior Student, Matt Moran, the team displayed a lethal balance of skill, determination, and confidence, as they dismantled John’s ball by ball and drive by drive. One of the convenors, Jack Attenborough, was a notable standout, taking 4/16. All in all, John’s were all out for 80, with Paul’s winning the match 4 for 86. Next up, we face off against Wesley on Thursday, who opened their 2021 campaign with a defeat at the hands of St Andrew’s.

The impact of donors

The generosity of many Paulines and friends who have given in 2020 has made a huge impact on the start of 2021. College has been able to support many more students than ever before because of these gifts, large and small. The diversity in the student population has been growing for the last few years but in 2021 we have students including many from regional areas, interstate and overseas. Many of the regional students cannot afford the cost of living in Sydney and without a place at Paul’s some would be unable to begin or continue a degree at Sydney University (or the other near-by universities the College now services). There is a genuine aspiration to provide scholarship support for the more needy students who live in regional and remote parts of Australia. This is being achieved in 2021 through the goodness of many Pauline supporters, parent-donors and philanthropic foundations.

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