Pipe Organ Canberra Anglican chuch

Choir and pipe organ

The St John’s Choir is a four part choir that sings at the traditional 11.15 a.m. services on the second and third Sundays of the month and Choral Evensong at 5.00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.


The Choristers are a small group of voices that sing at the Church Family Eucharist at 9.30am on Sunday.


Extra voices are always welcome. There is no audition but a commitment to attend weekly practices is necessary and the ability to read music is an advantage. Both singing groups also perform on other occasions, such as weddings and church festivals.


The Director of Music is Sheila Thompson OAM who has a performance degree in pipe organ from the Canberra School of Music. She is a teacher of piano and organ and is one of the conductors of the local U3A choir. She can be contacted on 02 6281 3433 or sheila.thompson5@bigpond.com

St John's has had four organs over the past 170 years.  The present pipe organ was installed in 1981, with the gallery being extended and strengthened in the mid-1970s in anticipation of its purchase.

The organ was built by Ronald Sharp who also built the organ at the Sydney Opera House. It is widely regarded as a joy to play, with its variety of stops enabling organists either to 'raise the roof' or be meditative or subdued, depending on the occasion. 


Extra instruments such as keyboard, flute and trumpet are used on occasions.

St John's Choir website

HYMN 367 (TIS)

The strife is past, the battle done;

now is the victor’s triumph won;

now let the song of praise be sung:



Death’s mightiest powers have done their worst,

and Jesus has his foes dispersed;

let shouts of praise and joy outburst:



On the third day he rose again

glorious in majesty to reign;

let us take up the great refrain:



He closed the frowning gates of hell;

the bars from heaven’s high portals fell;

let hymns of praise his triumph tell:



Now by your stripes, our wounded King,

your servants free from death’s dread sting,

that we may live in you, and sing


HYMN 369 (TIS)

Hail the day that sees him rise,


to his throne above the skies;


Christ, a while to mortals given,

enters now the highest heaven.

           Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

There for him high triumph waits;

lift your heads, eternal gates!

Wide unfold the radiant scene,

let the King of glory in!

See! he lifts his hands above;

see! he shows his prints of love;

hark! his gracious lips bestow

blessings on this church below.

There we shall with you remain,

partners of your endless reign;

there your face unclouded view,

find our heaven of heavens in you.   Charles Wesley 1707-88