Music and concerts

The Parish of South Perth is committed to the development of fine music at St Mary’s, both within our worship services, and in concerts and recitals within our unique and beautiful building. We are fortunate to have a building with an exquisite acoustic, which enhances live performance. With the acquisition of a Rodgers three-manual concert organ, St Mary's is well placed to offer an outstanding opportunity for organists and choristers to extend themselves and their repertoire.

The church is available for concerts and recitals, and the parish hall adjacent to the church is well placed to serve refreshments. The St Mary’s concert programme features talented artists from Western Australia, interstate and overseas. Funds raised through our concert programme support our musical life, providing performance opportunities for young musicians. Enquiries about the use of the church and hall should be directed to the church office.

Choir

In support of excellence in music in our worship, the parish employs a professional choir of significant talent, drawing members from a number of tertiary institutions and from a variety of musical backgrounds. Together they produce exquisite music for our worship on Sundays. The choral repertoire is varied and challenging and the choir continues to grow in their grasp of beautiful music. The full choir, ensembles and soloists contribute to our worship on most Sunday mornings at 9am. Choristers are auditioned from time to time as the need for particular voices arises. Enquiries should be addressed to the Director of Music.

People

Kate McNamara

Director of music

Kate was appointed Director of Music in 2016 and was one of the original Mapstone Scholars. She is a young conductor, soprano and educator from Perth, Western Australia. She is also conductor of Churchlands Choral Society, and senior tutor with the Australian Girls Choir, where she conducts two of their specialist choirs. Kate is a Graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she is this year completing her honours degree.

Alessandro Pittorino

Principal organist

Hailed as "Australia's Wunderkind Organist" by ABC TV, Alessandro Pittorino is increasingly becoming one of the most exciting, innovative and invigorating organists of his generation. Pittorino is a Masters graduate of The Juilliard School where he studied with GRAMMY award-winning organist Paul Jacobs, and is the only Australian organist to have graduated from the famed performing arts school. Heralded by Germany’s BR-Klassik as an “Extraordinary young organist” Pittorino has performed extensively throughout the USA and Australia, most notable at NYC’s Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, San Diego’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion, The Resonant Bodies Festival at Carriageworks in Sydney, and The Melbourne Town Hall. Later in 2019 will see Pittorino notably performing for the United Nations in Perth, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Visit www.aussieorganist.com for more info.