The Church of St Paul, Geelong, Victoria was Dedicated in 1854 and from that time to the present day it has had several periods when the worship has been enhanced by the presence of a choir.
The current choir consists of approximately 25 voices singing a range of music from the 16th century through to the present day. The choir rehearses once a week an excellent rehearsal space within the church grounds and sings on Sunday at a 10.30 am Choral Eucharist in the glorious acoustic of the church accompanied and enhanced by the fine sounds of a three manual pipe organ.
The choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music and members have the opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in sight reading, aural training and musicianship and to become intimate with the different genres of sacred music used for worship and the liturgy.
The choir’s repertoire includes responsorial psalms and Anglican Chant, introits, anthems and a series of Choral Eucharist setting including those written by Noel Rawsthorne, Grayston Ives, David Thorne, John Rutter and Anthony Greening. The church has an excellent music library which includes multiple volumes of The Church Anthem Book; The Oxford Easy and Book; The Oxford Tudor Anthem Book and Anthems for Choirs Books 1,2&3.
In addition contemporary composers have written material specifically for St Paul’s Choir, most notably and recently the music of Dr June Nixon.