Music at St Philip's

Music in worship

Music is an important part of worship and community life at St Philip's.

Although St Philip's doesn't have a permanent choir, we have many singers and musicians! Everyone is encouraged to sing. But if you have a tin ear and no voice, you're just as welcome!

Most weekly services include music and singing, except the 8am Sunday Eucharist, which is spoken only. As well as hymns, there will often be other music.

Each celebration has its special music!

  • On festival days, the 10am Sunday Worship is often a choral eucharist, using the St Philip's setting composed by Colin Forbes.
  • Several times each year, there are services with a particular musical style, including Gospel music or Taizé chant.
  • The St Philip's Service of Nine lessons and Carols celebrates the coming of Christ with Bible readings, choral music and carols sung everyone.
  • At dawn on Easter Day, we hear our deacon sing the glorious Exultet, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ.

Interested in singing at St Philip's, as an occasional chorister or in a small group at a worship service? Please contact Pat Forbes.

The St Philip's organ

We enjoy the sound of our recently-restored Hill, Norman & Beard 'Continuo' 1964 pipe organ.

St Philip's and CAMRA

St Philip's had a long-standing friendship with CAMRA, the Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts, which was created in 1997 and dissoloved at the end of 2014. CAMRA sang sacred music in performance and at many special church services at St Philip's.

St Cecilia

St Cecilia, patron of music and musicians
Image by Ellen Chavez de Lietner.