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
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.
175th CELEBRATIONS: St John’s Church was consecrated on 12 March 1845. There will be an organ recital by International Organist, David Chynoweth, at 6 pm on Thursday 12 March 2020 performing works by Handel, Bach and Elgar.