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

Kris Bowtell

Director of music

Kristin is a baritone and conductor based in Perth. He studied at the University of Western Australia, and with Simon Halsey at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Kris is an Australia Council Art Start recipient and was part of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program. Recent engagements include The Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis and Male Chorus in Médée with Lost and Found Opera, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream for the WA Academy of Performing Arts. He has conducted Elgar's The Music Makers and Poulenc's Gloria for WAAPA, and was Co-Director of the Giovanni Consort in 2015.

Andrew Brown

Principal organist

Andrew majored in organ at WAAPA, and has held positions in many churches in WA including St Mary’s Cathedral, St Patrick’s Basilica and the New Norcia Monastery. Andrew graduated from Guildford Grammar School where he received the prestigious David Lawe Davies organ scholarship. He is a regular concert organist with the WA Organ Society and has performed internationally including a recent organ recital at Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany. He also currently works in the music departments at Hale School and Shenton College and is a piano accompanist with the WA Opera company, and holds a Commercial Pilot Licence.