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

Carol Service – 27 November

Please join the St Paul’s College community for our 2022 annual Carol Service on Advent Sunday, 27 November, at 7 pm in the College Chapel. In the best tradition of collegiate worship our service is based on the very popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols created by Kings College Cambridge in 1918 “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship”.  At St Paul’s on 27th you will experience the beauty of our 2022 Chapel Choir and the splendid tones of the recently restored 1972 Flentrop pipe organ. The congregational singing will include some of the most familiar and best loved carols of the season. Following the service supper will be served. ALL WELCOME – please be seated in the Chapel by 7.00 pm as the service will start promptly. Parking in the grounds (NOT on the College Oval) and City Rd.  

‘What are these wounds in the midst of our hands?’

The College Choir Concert – Semester 2 The Choir of St Paul’s College presents Buxtehude’s 1680 cantata Membra Jesu Nostri ‘Ad manus’ (‘to the hands’), a sung devotion to the ‘limbs of Jesus’, followed by Caroline Shaw’s response to Buxtehude’s cantata. Shaw’s work focuses on America’s promise of welcome as inscribed at the Statue of Liberty with the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” and the reality of the current refugee crisis and issues surrounding immigration. The concert finishes with Fauré’s poignant Requiem bringing upon a prevailing mood of peacefulness and serenity. Date | Friday 28 October 8pm Tickets | CLICK HERE

Victoriana! welcomes opera star.

Star soprano Amelia Farrugia joins the cast of Victoriana! Victoriana! is delighted to welcome Amelia Farrugia to perform this year. Amelia Farrugia is a renowned Australian Soprano; since her professional stage debut in 1990, she has enjoyed a highly successful international career in Opera, Operetta, Music Theatre, Recital, Concert Events, Television and Recording. Amelia’s singing career has taken her around the world; she was honoured to join the roster of Soloists at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, covering roles such as The Merry Widow & Manon. This incredible opportunity enabled her to work alongside the world’s best singers, conductors & directors. On the concert platform, Amelia produced & starred in her very own show, Diva! She has performed with all the Symphony orchestras and in many large-scale televised events; she has performed for Crown Prince Frederick & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and she was selected to sing in

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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]

Jeremiah Clarke, Trumpet voluntary

An excerpt from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service – 24 May 2022 – in St Paul’s College Chapel.

Clarke: 'Trumpet Voluntary' at St Paul's College [trailer]

G F Handel, Zadok the Priest

An excerpt from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service – 24 May 2022 – in St Paul’s College Chapel.

Handel: 'Zadok' at St Paul's College [trailer]