Sacred Music

St Patrick's Choir 2

The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love.
It is the utter depth of love that produces the singing.
‘Cantare amantis est,’ says St. Augustine,
Singing is a lover’s thing.
In so saying, we come again to the Trinitarian interpretation of Church music.
The Holy Spirit is love,
and it is he who produces the singing.
He is the Spirit of Christ,
the Spirit who draws us into love for Christ
and so leads to the Father.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

 

At St Patrick’s we foster a rich appreciation of sacred music, grounded in the theology of St Augustine. Sacred choral music enhances our worship regularly at the 11 am Sunday Mass in particular. Music at this Mass is led by Breda McKinney (Director of Music and Principal Soloist) and Stefan Bednarczyk (Choirmaster and Organist), both highly professional musicians. On certain occasions these two are joined by a full professional choir.

Our musicians are complemented by two excellent organs. This year the church’s original eighteenth century Gray Organ was restored for use on a regular basis. The work was made possible by a generous benefaction and was completed by the skilled craftsmen at Goetze and Gwynn. While this organ was out of service, a customised electric Cantata Organ was installed. This will continue to be used on particular occasions.