Music at St Philip's

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 a minister sing the glorious Exultet, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ.

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

Sacred music in performance

Works of sacred music have been performed in concert or included in special church services at St. Philip's.
In the past this was done by CAMRA Inc., the Canberra Academy of Music and Related Arts, which was resident at St Philip's from 1998 until its conclusion in 2014.

Works presented have included:

  • J.S. Bach. St John Passion (with Igitur Nos),
  • F.J. Haydn. Little Organ Mass and Nicolai Mass,
  • B. Britten. A Ceremony of Carols.
  • G.P. Pergolesi. Stabat Mater,
  • A. Vivaldi. Stabat Mater,
  • W.A. Mozart. Mass in F,
  • F. Schubert. Mass in G,
  • Hildegard of Bingen. Ordo Virtutum (the Ritual of the Virtues), 2005 and 2008,
  • G.F. Handel. Messiah, December 2005, 2006 and 2007.

St Cecilia

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