ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL CHOIR

ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL CHOIR

Information current as at AUGUST 2016

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PO BOX 146, EAST MELBOURNE VIC 8002

Dr Daryl Barclay, Choir Director, (03) 98043045 (BH)

Choir's Email Address: barclayd@stkevins.vic.edu.au

Choir's Website: www.melbourne.catholic.org.au/cathedral

 

DETAILS ABOUT THE CHOIR

Vision statement / Artistic goals: Musical support of the liturgy at St Patrick's Cathedral

Voice type: All Male Singers (SATB)

Choir performs: Both unaccompanied & accompanied

Year Choir formed: 1868; current all male choir dates from 1939

No. of Singing Members - Currently: 55 Desired: 55

Musical Repertoire: Sacred music - Gregorian chant, Polyphony of the 16th and 17th Centuries, 18th/19th/20th Century choral music (mass settings, motets and anthems)

Musical Director: Dr Daryl Barclay

No. of years in current post: since 2014

Previous musical experience: Director of Music and organist, Holy Spirit East Thornbury, 2003-2004; Music Coordinator, Corpus Christi Seminary 2004-2012; language coach in French, Italian, German and Latin for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, 2004-2013; principal tenor, Melbourne Opera 2004-to date; Head of Choral Music, St Kevin's College Toorak, 2004-to date

Choir's past collaborations with other musical groups: Various instrumental groups in liturgical and concert performances

 

JOINING REQUIREMENTS

Audition: Yes - voice quality, intonation, sight-singing

Minimum Attendance policy - Rehearsals: Yes Concerts: Yes

Membership Fees: None; Scholarships are provided for boys at St Kevin's College (Toorak); Tertiary Choral Scholarships and Lay-clerkships are also provided

Ability to read music: Essential

Sight-reading ability: Essential

 

REHEARSAL ARRANGEMENTS

Av. No. of rehearsals/week: 4-5 for boy trebles; 2 for altos, tenors and basses

Usual rehearsal night(s): Thursday

Suburb: East Melbourne

Rehearsal venue: St Patrick's Cathedral (plus St Kevin's College, Toorak, for boy trebles)

Off-street parking: Yes

 

PERFORMANCES

Performance Apparel: Cassock and surplice

Av. No. of Concert Programs/year: 2

Av. No. of Performances/year: 50

Sample of the Choir's past Concert Venues: Mainly St Patrick's Cathedral, and occasionally in other places

Examples of musical pieces performed: Motets and/or masses by Palestrina, Victoria, Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, Vierne, Britten, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Rutter

Touring: Occasionally

 

CHOIR'S ADMINISTRATION

Administration / Governance arrangements for the Choir: Organist & Director of Music, Assistant Organists, Organ Scholar, Deputy Organists, Cantors

Types of Committees: as required; also, Choir Parents Social Committee

 

MUSIC LIBRARY

Own collection of music scores: Yes

Available for hire to other groups: No

 

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