Music
St Peter’s has a strong tradition of fine church music. Experienced organists play for the regular morning and evening services (and are available for weddings). Vocal or instrumental soloists are engaged for special services.

Cantorion, a Welsh male voice choir, but with members from many countries from Russia to Sri Lanka, practises at St Peter’s weekly. They present an annual St David’s Day concert, and a Welsh hymn-singing festival as well as music in many European languages.

     

Rehearsing for the annual Cantorion hymn singing festival
 
The church has an extremely good acoustic, as well as its splendid organ and fine grand piano, all of which features make it popular for concerts. Various societies, such as the Sydney Schubert Society, make St Peter’s their preferred venue.

Margaret Hall returned to St Peter’s as organist in September 2011 having previously held the position of organist/choir director from 2004 to 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium, has played in concerts at the Sydney Town Hall and Opera House and performed with the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Youth Orchestras.

Also known as a theatre organist, Margaret has given many concerts in Australia and New Zealand as well as London and Seattle, and has a very successful recording to her credit.

Combining her interests in music and nostalgia, Margaret was presenter of a privately owned mechanical music collection in southern Sydney (1995-2000). “Margaret’s Music Room” followed, where she presented a programme of theatre organ music and images of the grand picture palaces of yesteryear.

Following three decades of performing and teaching, Margaret currently combines work as a full-time medical receptionist with a continued interest in performing.

The organ, installed in 1885, was made by Messrs Maley, Young and Oldknow of London and is the only known example of their work in Australia. Well-known Sydney organ builder and organist, Peter Jewkes, has described the St Peter’s organ as of “considerable musical and historical value on a world scale.”

 
 

 

Mr Bill McKinnon, a member of the congregation
with extensive operatic and concert experience,
is a much-enjoyed vocal soloist.

 

Miss Karen Hickmott,
well-known Sydney harpist,
is a frequent soloist at St Peter's