St Paul's music for you

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?

Music is a great tradition of collegiate life and it is no surprise that songs, chants, poems, plays and instruments are an enormous part of everyday life at St Paul’s. Constantly evolving, the music at St Paul’s is growing in 2022. This section of the College website will be growing along with it as we record and publish as often as we can. Many of these recordings are on the College YouTube Channel for public use and we all hope that you enjoy them.

Also, please check out our events to see what’s on. Alumni and friends are most welcome when we have public events.

Richard Morgan (Director of Community Development) & Jack Stephens (Director of Music)

For recent videos scroll down | see below for forthcoming music events

Concert: Rave in the Nave

This is an hour long concert that combines new electronic dance music written by the ‘Salisbury Institute’ with live vocals performed by the St Paul’s College Choir. It may be a world first! ‘Salisbury Institute’ is an EDM collaboration of former Director of Music David Drury (Druers) and his nephew Matthew Roberts. Vocal parts have been written to add a live dimension to a DJ style performance to give the listener a unique concert/dance experience in the College Chapel! Friday 20 May 2022 – 2 shows 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm In the Chapel at St Paul’s College Exit by donation. For tickets CLICK HERE For visitors to the College there is very limited parking on site during semester, please use City Rd, or public transport. Rave in the Nave flyer

The Four Seasons, recomposed

St Paul’s College, Ensemble Apex and international-renowned soloist Brendan Joyce present Max Richter’s modern taken on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, recomposed for orchestra and synthesiser by one of the most influential composers and prolific contemporary music artists of this generation. Paired with choral and ensemble works by Ola Gjeilo and Eric Whitacre performed with the St Paul’s College Choir, this exciting concert will be presented in the gothic sandstone Dining Hall of St Paul’s College.  The Salisbury Bar will be open for a drink after each concert, and the Wine Cellar beforehand so you can enjoy a drink throughout the concert. Tickets are strictly limited, so we are inviting the St Paul’s College community for a chance to purchase tickets early before the go public on Friday.  Dates | Friday 8 April 8pm & Saturday 9 April 8pm Location | St Paul’s College Dining Hall Tickets | www.trybooking.com/BXYLR  Brendan Joyce 

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A Night at the Opera

Romance, drama, death and comedy. Join our cast of characters in a night of opera presented by the second year students of the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School, with pianist Alan Hicks. Friday 18 March 2022 at 7.00 pm – Graduate House Refectory Prepare to mingle with fairies, princesses and barbers as the singers transport you to strange and exotic locales. The program features a selection of arias and ensembles from the 19th and 20th centuries, a period of great musical and historical change and innovation. Tickets include alcoholic refreshments and can be found at  https://www.trybooking.com/BXYHB

The Tarsus Chamber Collective

The Tarsus Chamber Collective, Ensemble-in-Residence, is a collection of Australia’s finest next-generation chamber instrumentalists. The ensemble is committed to the growth of musical culture within Australia, and for St Paul’s College to be a centre of musical excellence within Sydney.

Through the residency the ensemble trains and educates musical students at the College as well as expose and inspire students who may have little musical background or education. The ensemble will present varied and exciting programmes that seek to engage with audiences from all musical backgrounds.

The collective consists of nine core members (string quartet, clarinet, oboe, flute, trumpet and piano) with the Director of Music serving as the Collective’s Artistic Director. The group is committed to staying and investing in the musical culture of Sydney, and are excited to see this blended model of education and public performances develop at St Paul’s College with a core and stable group of musicians.

The ensemble will present three featured concert programmes in 2022, with the goal of further expansion of programming in future years. These concerts will be performed in the McMillan Building Refectory.

Members of the collective will participate in the regular Tuesday service of Evensong in support of the College Organist and Composer-in-Residence Mr David Drury, Organ Scholar Miss Stacey Yang and Chapel Choir directed by Mr Jack Stephens which has grown to 26 choristers and four lay clerks.

The Chapel Choir

Each Tuesday during semester the service of Evensong occurs in the beautiful College Chapel. Supporting these services is the choir, organ and other instruments. today the choir boasts 26 choristers including four lay clerks.

Director: Mr Jack Stephens (see below)

Organist and Composer-in-Residence: Mr David Drury (see below).

Organ Scholar: Miss Stacey Yang

College Organist

Mr David Drury is one of Australia’s pre-eminent musicians. David handed over the role of the College’s Director of Music to Jack at the end of 2021 after serving continuously since 1992. David performs on the Australian and international stage and his career highlights include winning the 1987 Improvisation Competition at the St Alban’s International Organ Festival in the UK, recitals in Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s and Westminster cathedrals in London, King’s College, Cambridge and Notre Dame de Paris and La Madeleine in Paris.

For David’s artist biography CLICK HERE

Director of Music

Mr Jack Stephens was appointed to lead the musical traditions of the College at the end of 2021. Flllowing in Davids footsteps Jack has big plans for music at the College. “It is a honour and privilege to step into this role, and to build on the exceptional legacy that David has created over the past 30 years at the College.”

Jack is completing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (part of the University of Sydney) and has been a resident of St Pau’s College Graduate House since 2020.

For Jack’s artist biography CLICK HERE

Video Library

“Evening Hymn” by Henry Balfour Gardiner from 1908.

St Paul’s College Chapel Choir, Director: Jack Stephens, Organ: David Drury (February 2022).

Max Richter’s (1966- ) Vivaldi’s Four Season Recomposed

A bite from the sold-out concerts of Ensemble Apex, led by Brendan Joyce, performing at St Paul’s College, Sydney University on 8 & 9 April 2022.

Richter: 'Recomposed' at Paul's [trailer]