MUSIC & THE ARTS
The Parish of South Perth is committed to the development of fine music at St Mary’s, both within our worship services, and in concerts and recitals within our unique and beautiful building. We are fortunate to have a building with an exquisite acoustic, which enhances live performance. With the acquisition of a Rodgers three-manual concert organ, St Mary's is well placed to offer an outstanding opportunity for organists and choristers to extend themselves and their repertoire.
The church is available for concerts and recitals, and the parish hall adjacent to the church is well placed to serve refreshments. The St Mary’s concert programme features talented artists from Western Australia, interstate and overseas. Funds raised through our concert programme support our musical life, providing performance opportunities for young musicians. Enquiries about the use of the church and hall should be directed to the church office.
In support of excellence in music in our worship, the parish employs a professional choir known as South Perth Chamber Choir. It is made up of singers of significant talent, drawing members from a number of tertiary institutions and from a variety of musical backgrounds. Together they produce exquisite music for our worship on Sundays. The choral repertoire is varied and challenging and the choir continues to grow in their grasp of beautiful music. The full choir, ensembles and soloists contribute to our worship on most Sunday mornings at 9am. Choristers are auditioned from time to time as the need for particular voices arises. Enquiries should be addressed to the Director of Music.
We also have an apprenticeship scheme for singers and if you are passionate about fabulous choral music and want to develop your skills with a great team, we'd love to hear from you!
Installed in 2014, the organ at St. Mary’s is a three manual Rodgers Masterpiece 356B with speakers mounted in the galleries either side of the chancel. Much loved by the congregation at St. Mary’s, this instrument is a very flexible, and suitable for both recital use and for accompanying worship.