Cathedral Consort



St George’s Cathedral Consort is the premier mixed-choir in Western Australia and one of the leading choral ensembles in Australia. It was formed on the arrival of Joseph Nolan as Organist and Master of the Choristers in March 2008, to complement the work of the Cathedral Choir and to perform during the Cathedral’s now renowned Concert Series.

The choir has performed on numerous occasions for the Perth International Arts Festival, including Arvo Pärt’s Passio with The Hilliard Ensemble and WASO players; Haydn’s The Creation with the Academy of Ancient Music; Tallis And Striggio: Music in 40 Parts with I Fagiolini, at Perth Concert Hall; and Tenebrae et Lux: Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsoria.

In 2016, the Consort sang Bach’s St John Passion, under the baton of WASO Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, at Perth Concert Hall.

Reviewers have been unanimous in their praise for the Consort. The Australian commented (Haydn): ‘The St George’s Cathedral Consort was on excellent form, singing with crisp articulation, faultless intonation and impeccable unity.’ The West Australian also lauded the choir, declaring that ‘under the expert direction of Joseph Nolan, they can now truly be called world-class.’

2018 engagements include performing with The King’s Singers as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour, at Perth Concert Hall in February; ‘Rejoice!’, a concert of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces with WASO at Perth Concert Hall in March; Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ with WASO at Perth Concert Hall in August; and ‘Rachmaninov Vespers’ at the Cathedral in November.


"World-Class”, “Perfection”, “Spectacular”, “Breathtaking”, “Glorious”, “Uncompromising musicianship of the highest order."

The West Australian
The West Australian

“The Cathedral Consort sang with an almost otherworldly precision and explosive power. . . . Joseph Nolan has a supreme talent for recognizing where in a piece of music the genius resides, and how to communicate that to an audience in the most direct and uncompromising fashion. More of a musician you cannot ask.”

The West Australian
The West Australian

“One of the most dynamic and musically engaging ‘Messiah’s that I've had the pleasure of hearing. Joseph Nolan has transformed the St George’s Cathedral Consort into an outstanding ensemble, with excellent technical control. Their clear articulation in all the fast passages and a beautifully blended sound brought considerable intensity and dramatic impact to the work’s more powerful moments. A genuinely moving and uplifting performance.”

The Australian
The Australian


Australian Book Review
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