At the centre of our music programme is the Cathedral Choir, which sings at most of our choral services. The treble line is formed of boy choristers, who receive a half scholarship to the Anglican Church Grammar School (‘Churchie’), and benefit from a musical training that is second to none (more information about these chorister scholarships can be found here). The lower parts are sung by adult Lay Clerks, a group of singers who hold a variety of occupations: professional musicians, students, teachers, lawyers and many more. From time to time, vacancies for Lay Clerkships and (adult) choral scholarships arise, and will be advertised on this website and on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.
The Girl Choristers
The St John’s Cathedral Girl Choristers are a dynamic group of singers aged 9 to 17 who perform a range of repertoire in the Anglican tradition. In addition to learning essential musical skills during their time at the Cathedral, the students develop personal skills such as independence, organisation, social interaction, confidence and other such qualities. The Choristers are supported by trained musicians who have a passion for excellence in choral music and are provided with opportunities to work with other professional musicians from institutions such as the University of Queensland and the Conservatorium of Music, as well as musicians from overseas. The Girl Choristers rehearse regularly on Sunday mornings from 11:15am till 12:15pm (during term time), and they perform both in the liturgy and in concert. For more information about this choir please contact the Director of the Girl Choristers, Kathryn Morton by email.
The Cathedral Singers are a voluntary, mixed-voice choir who mainly sing at Evensong, in alternation with the Cathedral Choir. They also sing for occasional special services and concerts. Rehearsals take place on alternate Sunday afternoons, before Evensong.
Cathedral Chamber Choir
The Cathedral Chamber Choir, also known more widely in the community as the Brisbane Chamber Choir, is an auditioned ensemble of up to twenty singers. They sing occasional services at the Cathedral, and present a number of exciting concerts throughout the year. For more information about their schedule at the Cathedral and beyond, please visit their website.
The Johannine Voices, directed by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music Andrej Kouznetsov, are a small group of about eight singers whose repertoire comprises a variety of musical styles, with a particular emphasis on Renaissance polyphony. They sing at the Liturgy of Tenebrae in Holy Week, at Mass for a number of feast days during the week, and other services.