St Peter's Choir

About the St Peter's Eastern Hill choir

The choir of St Peter's Eastern Hill is one of the oldest continuing Anglican church choirs in Melbourne, with records tracing a strong choral tradition right back to the 1850s. 

Aside from performing our annual concert series, including our annual performance of Handel's Messiah, we also lead the sacred music for our Sunday Masses as well as weekday feasts.

Our culture is collegiate, supportive and inclusive and committed to the highest standards of music and liturgy.

Our range of music

The St Peter’s choir is renowned for its Renaissance polyphony and Baroque music, but we also sing music from the Classical and Romantic periods as well as music by modern composers like Lauridsen and Tavener.

We're committed to keeping chant and plainsong as a major part of our services; as well as representing an ancient and reverent voice from the earliest days of the Church, we also value chant and plainsong because of its beauty and expressive spirituality.

Scholarships for singers

The choir supports up to eight choir scholarships, but we are always trying to expand this programme. If you are interested in a choir scholarship, contact the Director of Music Andrew Raiskums.

If you're interested in supporting our choir scholarship programme see our pages on supporting the choir.

Joining the St Peter's Choir

If you are interested in joining the St Peter's Choir please contact our music director Andrew Raiskums.

The choir is made up of both volunteers and choir scholars, professional musicians and people who sing because they love it. Our singers possess differing levels of technical expertise but confident sight reading is a great advantage.

About the director

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Andrew Raiskums has been Director of Music at St Peter’s Eastern Hill since 2007.

Andrew’s involvement with choirs goes back to his Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University, where he studied piano, voice and conducting.

Taking up the role of director of music at St Peter’s, Andrew was keen to preserve the strong culture of music in the parish, to maintain the excellence of the choir and to expand its numbers and its repertoire.

Drawing on his love of the choral music of the High Renaissance period, Andrew has introduced many new Masses and motets into the choir’s repertoire by composers such as Josquin, Guerrero Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Monteverdi—often in editions he has prepared himself.

As well as conducting weekly Masses and feasts at the Hill, Andrew has also led choir’s celebrated annual performances of Handel’s Messiah since 2007.

These performances that have involved some of Australia’s finest singers and instrumentalists and have drawn praise from audiences and critics alike.

Twice the Choir has been invited to St Mary’s Sorrento to perform the Messiah for sold-out audiences on the Peninsula. 

Andrew helped establish choral scholarships at St Peter’s, which has revitalised the choir and brought in singers who have subsequently gone on to enjoy successful soloist and ensemble careers overseas.

Andrew has also overseen a recent initiative to increase the numbers of scholars in the choir, again through external sponsorship and donation, which will hopefully give the choir flexibility to increase its repertoire, allow for an Assistant Organist and help establish a concert series outside of weekly services. 

When not being the music director at St Peter's Andrew is is music director of his own choir, Gloriana Chamber Choir, which has played a central role in the performance of choral repertoire in Melbourne since it was established in 1994. 

Contact Andrew

director@gloriana.com.au

 

More about the St Peter's Choir

2017 Music list

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Christmas and Epiphany 2017—2018

Feast of the Holy Family

Sunday, 31 December 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa O quam gloriosum
Motets: Hector Berlioz (1803—1869) Shepherds’ Farewell
Postlude: J.S. Bach In dulci jubilo (BWV 729)

Christmas Day

Sunday, 25 December 10.00am

Mass: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa Brevis
Motets: Gaudete (Piæ Cantiones 1582) and Angels we have heard on high
Postlude: Charles-Marie Widor (1844—1937) Toccata, Symphony No. 5

Midnight Mass

Sunday, 24 December 2017 11.30pm

Mass: Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643—1704) Messe de minuit
Motets: Harold Darke (1888—1976) In the Bleak Midwinter and Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678—1741) Gloria: Gloria in Excelsis Deo & Cum Sancto Spiritu
Postlude: Charles-Marie Widor (1844—1937) Toccata, Symphony No. 5


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Advent 2017

Advent IV

Sunday, 24 December 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa Æterna Christi munera
Voluntary: Demessieux Rorate Caeli
Motet: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Alma redemptoris mate and arr. Pettman Gabriel’s Message
Postlude: Kenneth Leighton (1929—1988) Fantasy on 'Helmsley' (Op. 72)

Advent III

Gaudete Sunday

Sunday, 17 December 2017 11.00am

Mass: Francisco Guerrero (1528—1599) Missa congratulamini mihi
Voluntary: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 659)
Motet: Henry Purcell (1659—1695) Rejoice in the Lord Alway
Postlude: Joseph W. Clokey (1890—1960) Meditation on ‘Veni Emmanuel’

Advent II

Sunday, 10 December 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Miss Brevis
Voluntary: Armstrong Gibb (1889—1960) Conditor alme siderum
Motet: Orlando Gibbons (1583—1625) This is the record of John
Postlude: Thomas Tomkins (1572—1656) Voluntary in C

Advent I

Sunday, 3 December 2017 11.00am

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Three Voices
Voluntary: Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843—1900) Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Motet: Heinrich Isaac (ca.1450—1517) Ad te Levavi
Postlude: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)


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Ordinary Time

Ordinary XXXIV

The Feast of Christ the King

Sunday, 26 November 2017 10.30am

Mass: Franz Peter Schubert (1797—1828) Mass in G
Motet/s: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) Lobet den Herrn
Postlude: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) Prelude in E Flat (BWV 552)

Evening Prayer

Sunday, 26 November 2017 5.00pm

Preces & Responses: Ferial
Canticles: George Dyson (1883—1964) Evening Service in C
Anthem: Bach arr. Harris King of glory, king of peace
Postlude: Kenneth Leighton (1929—1988) Fanfare

Ordinary XXXIII

Sunday, 19 November 2017 11.00am

Communion Voluntary: Brahms arr. Peeters Schmücke dic
Postlude: Arvo Pärt Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler

Ordinary XXXII

Sunday, 12 November 2017 11.00am

Mass: Cristóbal de Morales (1500—1553) Missa Queramus cum pastoribus
Communion Voluntary: Flor Peeters (1903—1986) Aria
Motet/s: Henry Purcell (1659—1695) O God, thou art my God
Postlude: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) Trivium

Ordinary XXXI

Sunday, 5 November 2017 11.00am

Mass: Josef Rheinberger (1839—1901) Mass for Double Choir in E flat Op. 109
Communion Voluntary: Felix Mendelssohn (1809—1847) Andante tranquillo, Sonata No. 3 in A Major
Motet/s: Morten Lauridsen (1943—) O magnum mysterium
Maurice Duruflé (1902—1986) Ubi caritas
Postlude: Felix Mendelssohn (1809—1847) Allegro maestoso e vivace, Sonata No. 2 in C minor

All Soul's Day

Thursday, 2 November 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Officium Defunctorum
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Versa est in luctum
Postlude: Arthur Milner Prelude on a theme of Palestrina

All Saint's Day

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa O quam gloriosum
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: William Byrd (1543—1623) Justorum animæ
Postlude:  

Ordinary XXX

Sunday,  29 October 2017 11.00am

Mass: Francisco Guerrero (1528—1599) Missa congratulamini mihi
Communion Voluntary: Flor Peeters (1903—1986) Ave Maria
Motet/s: Gabriel Fauré (1845—1924) Cantique de Jean Racine
Postlude: Bach/Vivaldi 1st Mvt. Concerto in A minor (BWV 593)

Ordinary XXIX

Sunday,  22 October 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Gaudeamus
Communion Voluntary: Flor Peeters (1903—1986) Aria
Motet/s: Manuel Cardoso (1566—1650) Mulier quæ erat in civitate peccatrix
Postlude: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791) Overture in C

Ordinary XXVIII

Sunday,  15 October 2017 11.00am

Mass: Marc'Antonio Ingegneri (1547—1592) Missa Gustate et videte
Communion Voluntary: Flor Peeters (1903—1986) Andante espressivo
Motet/s: Richard Farrant (1530—1580) Call to Remembrance
Postlude: Dieterich Buxtehude (1637—1707) Toccata in F (BuxWV 157)

Ordinary XXVII

The Feast of St Francis of Assisi (Transferred)

Sunday,  8 October 2017 11.00am

Mass: Alphonse Carey (1886—1940) Mass of St Francis
Communion Voluntary: Peeters Larghetto
Motet/s: Carlo Gesualdo (1566—1613) Franciscus humilis
Postlude: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750) Prelude in C (BWV 547)

Ordinary XXVI

Sunday,  1 October 2017 11.00am

Mass: Rocco Rodio (1535—1615) Missa Fac tibi
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: Heinrich Schütz (1585—1672) Oculi omnium in te sperant
Postlude: 

The Feast of St Michael and All Angels

Friday,  29 September 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Gabriel Fauré (1845—1924) Messe Basse
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: Felice Anerio (1560—1614)Factum est silentium
Postlude: 

Ordinary XXV

Sunday,  24 September 2017 11.00am

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Three Voices
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: Francisco Guerrero (1528—1599)Simile est regnum caelorum
Postlude: 

Ordinary XXIV

Sunday,  17 September 2017 11.00am

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Four Voices
Communion Voluntary: 
Motet/s: John Tavener (1944—2013)Love bade me welcome
Postlude: 

Ordinary XXIII

Sunday,  10 September 2017 11.00am

Mass: Claudio Monteverdi (1567—1643) Mass for Four Voices
Communion Voluntary: William Byrd (1543—1623) Clarifca me Pater
Motet/s: William Byrd (1543—1623) Venite exultemus Domino
Postlude: Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682—1738) Rondeau

Ordinary XXII

The Feast of the Martyrs of New Guinea

Sunday,  3 September 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Ave Maris Stella
Motet/s: Thomas Tallis (1505—1585) O Sacrum Convivium

Ordinary XXI

Sunday,  27 August 2017 11.00am

Mass: Harold Darke (1888—1976) Mass in F
Communion Voluntary: Lord Interlude
Motet/s: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Tu es Petrus
Postlude: Moore Paeon

Evening prayer

Sunday,  27 August 2017 6.00pm

Preces and Responses: Ferial
Canticles: Herbert Sumsion (1899-1995) Evening Service in A
Anthem: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) O for a closer walk with God
Postlude: Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Cradle Song

Ordinary XX

Sunday,  20 August 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa Assumpta est Maria
Communion Voluntary: Johannes Brahms (1833—1897) Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele
Motet/s: Robert Parsons (1535—1571) Ave Maria
Postlude: Charles-Marie Widor (1844—1937) Toccata, 5th Symphony

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday,  15 August 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Trahe me post te
Motet/s: Mariam Matrem Virginem (from the Red Book of Montserrat) 
Postlude: Marcel Dupré (1886—1971) Virgo dei genitrix

Ordinary XIX

Sunday, 13 August 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Salve Regina
Communion Voluntary: James MacMillan (1959—) White Note Paraphrase
Motet/s: Edgar Bainton (1880—1956) And I Saw a New Heaven
Postlude: Dieterich Buxtehude (1637—1707) Toccata in F (BuxWV 157)

Feast of the Transfiguration

Sunday, 6 August 2017 11.00am

Mass: Michel’Angelo Grancini (1605—1669) Missa I a quattro voci
Communion Voluntary: John McCabe (1939—2015)Pastorale sostenuto
Motet/s: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Resplenduit Facies
Postlude: Flor Peeters (1903—1986) Festival Voluntary

Ordinary XVII

Sunday, 30 July 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni Croce (1557—1609) Missa Sexti Toni
Motet/s: César Franck (1822—1890) Panis Angelicus
Postlude: Kenneth Leighton (1929—1988) Fantasy on 'ST COLUMBA' 

Ordinary XVI

Sunday, 23 July 2017 11.00am

Mass: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756—1791) Krönungsmesse
Motet/s: Johannes Brahms (1833—1897) Geistliches Lied

Ordinary XV

Sunday, 16 July 2017 11.00am

Mass: Francisco Guerrero (1528—1599) Missa Batalla Escoutez
Motet/s: William Walton (1902—1983) Set me as a Seal

Ordinary XIV

Sunday, 9 July 2017 11.00am

Mass: Cristóbal de Morales (1500—1553) Missa Mille regretz
Motet/s: William Byrd (1543—1623) Sing Joyfully

Ordinary XIII

Sunday, 2 July 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa Tu es Petrus
Motet/s: Jacob Clemens non Papa (1510—1555) Tu es Petrus

Feast of St Peter

Thursday, 29 June 2017 6.15pm

Introit: Maurice Duruflé (1902—1986) Tu es Petrus
Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Alma redemptoris Mater
Motet/s: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1595) Tu es Petrus

Ordinary XII

Sunday, 25 June 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria(1548—1611) Missa Dum Complerentur
Motet/s: Charles Wood (1866—1926) O Thou the Central Orb

Ordinary XI

Sunday, 18 June 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) O quam gloriosum
Motet/s: Giovanni de Palestrina (1525—1595) Domine convertere

Corpus Christi

Thursday, 15 June 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa Brevis 
Motet/s: Thomas Tallis (1505—1585) O sacrum convivium
William Mathias (1934—1992) Ave Verum Corpus

Trinity Sunday

Sunday, 11 June 2017 11.00am

Mass: Orlando de Lasso (1532—1594) Missa Vinum Bonum
Motet/s: John Shepherd (1515—1558) Libera Nos, Salve Nos I


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Easter 

Pentecost

Sunday, 4 June 2017 11.00am

Mass: Franz Schubert Mass in G
Motet/s: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Veni Sancte Spiritus

Easter VII

Sunday, 28 May 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Salve Regina
Motet/s: Orlando Gibbons (1583— 1625) O Clap Your Hands 

Ascension Thursday

Thursday, 25 May 2017 6.15pm

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Ascendens Christus
Motet/s: Peter Philips (1560—1628) Ascendit Deus

Easter VI

Sunday, 21 May 2017 11.00am

Mass: Andrea Gabrieli (1532—1585) Missa Brevis in F
Motet/s: Orlando di Lasso (1532—1594) Regina Coeli

Easter V

Sunday, 14 May 2017 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1595) Missa 'O Rex Gloriae'
Motet/s: Orlando di Lasso (1532—1594) Christus resurgens

Easter IV

Sunday, 7 May 2017 11.00am

Mass: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660—1725) Missa Clementina
Motet/s: Howard Goodall (1958—) The Lord is my Shepherd

Easter III

Sunday, 30 April 2017 11.00am

Mass: Gregorio Allegri (1582—1652) Missa Che fa oogi il mio sole
Motet/s: César Franck (1822—1890) Panis Angelicus

Easter II

Sunday, 23 April 2017 11.00am

Mass: Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872—1958) Mass in G Minor
Motet/s: Georg Friedrich Händel (1685—1759) Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs from Messiah


Holy Week 

Easter Day

Sunday, 16 April 2017 11.00am

Mass: Orlando de Lassus (1532— 1594) Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera
Motet/s: Thomas Tallis (1505—1585) Dum transisset Sabbatum

Easter Eve

Saturday, 15 April 2017 8.00pm

Mass: Herbert Howells (1892—1983) Collegium Regale
Motet/s: William Byrd (1543—1623) Hæc dies and Thomas Weelkes (1576—1623) Gloria in excelsis Deo 

Good Friday

Friday, 14 April 2017 8.00pm (Tenebrae)

Responses: Carlo Gesualdo (1566—1613) Tenebrae Responsoria and Gregorio Allegri(1582—1652) Miserere mei, Deus

Friday, 14 April 2017 9.00am

Passion: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) The Passion according to St John
Reproaches: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Improperia

Holy Thursday

Thursday, 13 April 2017 6.15pm

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Four Voices
Motet/s: Maurice Duruflé (1902—1982) Ubi Caritas and Franz Liszt (1811—1886) Ave Verum Corpus

Palm Sunday

Sunday, 9 April 2017 10.00am

Mass: Claudio Monteverdi (1567—1643) Mass for Four Voices
Distribution: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Pueri hebraeorum
Passion: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) The Passion according to St Matthew
Motet/s: Orlando Gibbons (1583— 1625) Hosanna to the Son of David


Lent

Lent V

Sunday, 2 April 2017 11.00am

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Four Voices
Motet/s: Heinrich Isaac (1450—1517) Hoc Corpus

Lent IV

Sunday, 26 March 2017 11.00am

Mass: Orlande de Lassus (1532— 1594) Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera
Motet/s: John Ireland (1879—1962) Greater Love Hath No Man

Lent III

Sunday, 19 March 2017 11.00am

Mass: Francisco Guerrero (1528—1599) Missa Surge Propera
Motet/s: Anton Bruckner (1824—1896) Vexilla regis

Lent II

Sunday, 12 March 2017 11.00am

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Three Voices
Motet/s: Heinrich Isaac (1450—1517) Reminiscere miserationum tuarum, Domine

Lent I

Sunday, 5 March 2017 11.00am

Mass: Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548—1611) Missa Gaudeamus
Motet/s: Henry Purcell (1659—1695) Remember not, Lord, our offences

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 6.15pm

Mass: William Byrd (1543—1623) Mass for Four Voices
Motet/s: William Byrd (1543—1623) Ave verum corpus and Thomas Tallis (1505—1585) In Ieiunio et Fletu


Ordinary Time

Ordinary VIII

Sunday, 26 February 11.00am

Mass: Rocco Rodio (1535—1615) Missa Fac Tibi
Motet/s: Johannes Brahms (1833—1897) Geistliches Lied

Ordinary VII

Sunday, 19 February 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni Croce (1557—1609) Missa Sexti Toni
Motet/s: Maurice Duruflé (1902—1982) Tantum Ergo

Ordinary VI

Sunday, 12 February 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1594) Missa Sine Nomine
Motet/s: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1594) Meditabor in Mandatis Tuis

Ordinary V

Sunday, 5 February 11.00am

Mass: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1594) Missa tu es Petrus
Motet/s: Charles Villiers Stanford (1852—1924) Beati Quorum Via

Candlemas

Thursday, 2 February 6.15pm

Introit: Nun Dimmitis (Plainsong)
Mass: Harold Darke (1888—1976) Mass in F
Motet/s: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525—1594)Alma Redemptoris Mater