Music enriches the community’s worship in the beauty of holiness and the Cathedral is blessed with a fine choral tradition. As well as adult and children’s choirs, the Cathedral organ, built in 1974, is one of the finest in the country. Cathedral music is the responsibility of Gary Bowler.
The Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Choristers provide high quality musical leadership. The demands for rehearsals and regular attendance at services are such that members of these choirs spend more time at the Cathedral than almost anyone else!
THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR
The Cathedral Choir numbers about 25 and sings each Sunday at the 10 am Eucharist and occasionally at evening worship. Choral Evensong is offered a few times a year. The Choir also participates from time to time in more public occasions such as concerts, TV and radio broadcasts, and visits to other parishes and dioceses. The highest possible standards of singing are sought at all times. Choir involvement also develops a strong sense of pastoral care and faith commitment among members. Membership is open to any person subject to a satisfactory audition.
Members of the Cathedral Choir process into the Cathedral for the Christmas Carols & Readings service, 2011
The Choristers sing "Ring out the Bells" at the conclusion of the Christmas Eve "Nativity" service, 2011
THE CATHEDRAL CHORISTERS
The Cathedral Choristers are a choir of young girls and boys (ages 8 – 14 years) who want to learn to sing. No prior experience is necessary but newer Choristers are expected over time to join other members in the leading of worship at the Cathedral as well as featuring in concerts and other musical occasions. The Choristers follow a training programme based on the “Voices for Life” programme produced by the Royal School of Church Music, England. Each chorister is involved in a personal training programme involving voice production, theory of music, music reading skills, repertoire, and being a member of a church choir. Ribbons are awarded to recognise each stage of development.
Gary Bowler is a Special Commissioner of the Royal School of Church Music and is New Zealand’s longest serving cathedral organist. His experience with younger singers includes church choirs and 20 years as the Director of Music at Woodford House, Havelock North. He has toured and directed choirs of young people in Australia, South America, Canada, Italy and England.
For more information on both choirs please contact the Cathedral Office.