Liturgical Church Music at St Peter’s Church

Choral Eucharist is sung at 10.00am on all but the third Sunday of each month. The Sung Eucharist setting is the  ‘Christchurch Mass’. by Australian church musician and composer Dr. Philip Matthias.

The Choir maintains the tradition of Psalm singing using texts from A New Zealand Prayer Book or the English Common Worship Psalter sung to a traditional Anglican chant setting.

On the Third Sunday of March, May, July and September, Choral Evensong to the Book of Common Prayer (1928) is sung with an introit, chanted psalm, responses, choral canticles, and an anthem drawn from the European and Cathedral Choral tradition.

The Parish Choir

St. Peter’s is very proud of its Parish Choir consisting of singers drawn from many ‘walks of life.’ Besides serving the parish in an active liturgical music programme, the Choir sings guest Choral Evensongs at other parish churches, participates in the events of the Auckland Branch of the Royal School of Church Music and supports community and regional musical activities across Auckland. The Parish is a long time affiliate of the Royal School of Church Music.

The repertoire of the choir is extensive with an emphasis on 16th Century Tudor music, Renaissance motets (sung in Latin), English Baroque music, English church music from the romantic tradition, and some contemporary North American choral music. The Choir Vestry houses an extensive choral library.

Inquiries for recruitment are always welcome. Adults, teenagers and children are always welcome to take part in the music at St. Peter’s.

Organ Tuition

The current Director of Music and Organist wishes to see St. Peter’s become a centre for the study of the pipe organ and associated church music in Auckland. Michael Cox has enjoyed much success as an organ teacher with students gaining places in national competitions and achieving at a high level in tertiary studies. Michael is always pleased to take enquiries for organ tuition. Students learn on the organ of St. Peter’s as well as on the organ of St. Mark’s Remuera. Students are encouraged to become members of the Auckland Organists’ Association Inc. and engage in its activities.

For further information on the music, please contact the Director of Music and Organist, Michael Cox – michael.acox@xtra.co.nz or 027-669-3275.