Year of Youth 2018

Singing in the Festive Season

Last edited 29th November 2017

Choristers Jackson, Hayden and Khang would love you to hear them sing in the festive season!

Sell-out crowds are again expected at A Christmas Celebration in St Mary's Cathedral this year, with all of the familiar favourites and also a genuine first.

St Mary's Cathedral has commissioned the celebrated composer and former NSW Supreme Court judge George Palmer to compose a contemporary Australian carol for the December 15 concerts, with lyrics by the acclaimed poet, critic and novelist, Kevin Brophy.

The choir will again be joined by the Orchestra of the Antipodes for the premiere of the piece, alongside performances of traditional carols, including the ever-popular O Holy Night, and music by J S Bach, Handel, John Rutter and others.

"There is nothing like the traditional Christmas experience," Cathedral Director of Music Thomas Wilson said."Choristers singing beautiful music in such an inspiring building at this special time of year: what a great way to start Christmas." There are two performance times - one at 11am and the other at 7pm - giving families, seniors and singles the option of whichever time works best for them.

At the 7pm performance prominent public figures, including Carla Zampatti and Andrew O'Keefe, will read seasonal readings. St Mary's Cathedral Choir is the oldest musical ensemble in Australia, tracing its origins to 1818.

24 boy choristers sing with 12 professional adult singers to make up the Australia's only fully-professional Cathedral Choir. Tickets are available from Ticketbooth.

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