The Anglican Church of Australia - Diocese of Wangaratta

Cathedral Choir


The Director of Music and Organist is
Mr John Rivers, who is also a trained school teacher. For more information about the Choir please contact him:

     Phone:(03) 5766 2545
     Mobile:04 0768 1978
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta

A rural city of approx 18,000 people in North-east Victoria, Wangaratta has a fine large cathedral building, a traditional choir and two notable pipe organs.

Choir boys

Wangaratta Cathedral is now the only rural cathedral in Australia which has been able to maintain a boys section, similar to those in some of our capital city cathedrals and in the great churches and cathedrals of England and America.

Choir rehearsal

Boys aged from seven and a half years and older, from any school, are welcome to come along to a rehearsal to see for themselves what it is like to be a chorister. The Cathedral prides itself on having this fine choral tradition to add to the beauty of its services.

Easter procession

The choir enjoys the opportunity to present a wide range of music. The repertoire includes much loved Anglican music by composers such as Darke, Sumsion, Stanford, Oldroyd, Ireland, Byrd, Elgar, Tallis and Batten and so on. In addition the repertoire includes masses by Mozart, Haydn, Hassler, Caesar, Ashfield and other contemporary church musicians.

Inside Holy Trinity Cathedral

Welcome to the official webpage of Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir, Wangaratta.

Why join the Cathedral Choir?

Boys! You'll find that . . . .
Parents! Your boy will experience . . . .

Many of our former choristers have gone on to university to pursue musical careers as performers or teachers. Boys develop such a love of the choir and its music that nearly all stay on to learn to sing tenor or bass when their voices change.

Weekly Choir Rehearsals

   Tuesday4.30pm to 5.45pm   Boys rehearsal (slightly earlier in Winter)
   Thursday7.00pm to 7.45pmBoys rehearsal
 7.50pm to 8.30pmFull Choir rehearsal
 8.30pm to 9.30pmAltos, Tenors, Basses rehearsal

Cordial and biscuits are available for boys both before and after services and rehearsals. Tea and coffee is available for altos, tenors and basses.

Choral Services and Holidays

The choir sings every Sunday during school term time. The important seasons of Holy Week, Easter and Christmas offer occasions for the choir to perform a wide variety of superb music to add to the rich liturgies of the Cathedral. As it is a Cathedral Choir, music is also provided for concerts, Synod, and other Diocesan occasions. The choir presents an inspiring and beautiful annual Christmas Carol Service and an Advent Carol Service. After Christmas Day the choir enjoys a well earned holiday until February.

Sunday Choral Eucharist
     9.00amBoys warm-ups/rehearsal
     9.15amFull Choir rehearsal
     10.00am   Service
Sunday Choral Evensong (monthly)
     5.00pmFull Choir rehearsal

Training and learning

The Royal School of Church Music's Voice for Life scheme is used, providing a structured learning programme for each boy. The Choir Director is a church musician of many years' experience, and a qualified school teacher who includes his own training and teaching initiatives. Each boy is given his own vocal training book to work from and to help him prepare for successive choir levels.

Payment and Annual Awards

After a short probationary period boys are formally admitted to the choir and begin to receive a generous payment each term in return for their contribution to the music of the Cathedral. As boys pass each level of the Voice for Life scheme, they are rewarded with a new medal and increased pay, which is provided by a very generous bequest.

Over many decades supporters of the Cathedral Choir have also established a number of generous bequests and trusts. These are used to fund the Annual Awards, presented in December. Each award carries a specific requirement and includes a cash payment and certificate. These are keenly sought prizes!

Who can join?

Any boy aged from seven and a half years old who wants to perform wonderful music, receive free vocal training, earn good pocket money and have fun is welcome to come along to rehearsals and services to see what the choir does.

Social Life

Choirs are full of friendly people who enjoy non-musical activities together!

Early each year there is a Choir Dinner for the Full Choir - boys, adults and parents - often held in the splendid 19th century Deanery; another dinner for parents of boys is held in the even more grand Bishop's Lodge. . . . and a dinner for altos, tenors and basses occurs at the Director of Music's house: he does the cooking.... (helped a bit by his wife).

Boys go to a local Pizza Shop after the last Tuesday practice each term. In Winter they travel to Albury-Wodonga and eat at McDonald's before trying their skills at 10 Pin bowling. Ex-trebles beg to come on this trip!

In the long hot Summer, there is often a Choir Camp and, in addition, generous parents offer their homes for barbecues and swimming. As well, a Choir Sports Day is held on the cathedral lawns each year.

Younger choristers take advantage of free entry to many concerts at the Cathedral and all choir members enjoy taking part in a number of parish social activities.

Although a 'musical' activity, the choir sometimes performs concerts at other regional churches and it has also presented the annual Carol Service at outlying churches. These outings also become fun social events . . . . and yes, there is more food on these occasions!

Note for parents

Please be reassured that all choir activities are attended by the Director of Music who, as a registered school teacher and also as an employee of a parish of the Anglican Church of Australia, has satisfied the requirements of the necessary police screening for those whose work brings them into contact with chiildren.