St George’s Cathedral Consort is the premier mixed-voice choir in Western Australia and one of the leading choral ensembles in the country. It was formed on the arrival of Dr Joseph Nolan as St George’s Cathedral Organist and Master of Music in 2008, to complement the work of the Cathedral Choir and to perform during the Cathedral’s now highly acclaimed Concert Series.
Listen to the Choir and Consort sing Duruflé‘s sublime Sanctus.
The Consort has performed on numerous occasions at the Perth Festival, including Arvo Pärt’s Passio with The Hilliard Ensemble and West Australian Symphony Orchestra 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. In a review of the Haydn concert, The Australian commented: ‘The St George’s Cathedral Consort was on excellent form, singing with crisp articulation, faultless intonation and impeccable unity.’ The West Australian also applauded the singers, declaring that ‘under the expert direction of Joseph Nolan, they can now truly be called world-class’.
2018 engagements included 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.
During 2019, the Consort sang in two magnificent celebrations of Bach – St Matthew Passion in April and Christmas Oratorio in December – and in 2020, they are performing in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Handel’s Samson, all at Perth Concert Hall.
|Alexandra Bak||Oliver Crofts|
|Jennifer Cook||Andrew Hislop|
|Sarah Cranfield||Perry Joyce|
|Bonnie De La Hunty||Michael Lukin|
|Anne-Marie Duce||Tim McNamara|
|Sabra Poole Johnson||Harry Playford|
|Esther Lee||David Woods|
|Adam Boyt||Francis Cardell Oliver|
|Lydia Gardiner||James Chapman|
|Katie How||Jonty Coy|
|Amber Lister||Tom Friberg|
|Thomas McQuillan||David Penco|
|Laura Pitts||Patrick Watson|
|Elsie Gangemi Smith|
SINGER SUCCESS:Tenor Jeremy Budd is now a major player in the London choral scene singing as a regular with The Sixteen.
SINGER SUCCESS: Baritone David Buckley has recently won a place in the choir of Trinity College Cambridge.
SINGER SUCCESS:Bass Greg Bannan is now a lay clerk at Gloucester Cathedral.