ORchestra. choir. ceremony

Sunday 10 September 5pm - Christ Church St Laurence Sydney


Mozart’s Coronation Mass

You are invited to join us at Christ Church St Laurence for Procession and Solemn High Mass with orchestra, soloists and choir for the Feast of Dedication. This festival celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the church, in 1845. This year’s Orchestral Mass features a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Christ Church St Laurence is an Anglican community at Haymarket in the Sydney CBD. As befits both its city-centre location and a Parish whose patron saint, Laurence, was concerned for those on the fringes of society, CCSL has a long tradition of caring for the homeless and for marginalised young people. The Parish traces its origins to 1838. Since the 1880s, it has consistently offered worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, which is grounded in solemn liturgy and fine music.

This event is a public service of worship and all are welcome to attend; there is no charge. Seating is unreserved and there is step-free access just to the right of our George St entrance.

Choir of Christ Church St Laurence and St Laurence Orchestra, conducted by Neil McEwan


Neil McEwan
Trained as a chorister and organist at St Mary’s Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. He continued his studies through the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College of Music, London and the University of Durham. He holds a master’s degree in musicology from the University of NSW (1994) and a PhD in Gregorian chant semiological research from the University of Sydney (2003). While in France and Germany, he studied Gregorian chant semiology and paleography at the celebrated Abbey of Solesmes; with Professor Siegfried Koesler at the Würzburg Musikhochschule; and with Gregorian scholar, DOM Professor Johannes Bechmans Göschl. He also studied advanced choral conducting techniques in Stuttgart and Berlin and orchestral conducting at the Meistersinger Konservatorium in Nürnberg with Maestro Werner Andreas Albert. Neil was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1994 for further overseas study in these areas. In 2009 he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to music research and choral conducting, and in the same year he was appointed a fellow of the Royal School of Church Music (FRSCM) for services to church music.

Neil continues to work on performance practice issues and ideals in his work with students, and as a performer/researcher regularly gives premieres of contemporary Australian choral works. He has been invited and continues to give many research/demonstration papers on Gregorian chant semiology at international conferences and universities. As director, Neil has led the University of Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir on tours to the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe and has won prizes at the Bartok and Vienna Competitions. In 2012 the Chamber Choir toured to Germany, England and France singing in Würzburg Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame. He is also the director of the Conservatorium Choir and the choir of Christ Church St Laurence.

Neil McEwan transcribed a number of chants from the Rimini Antiphonale of 1328 housed in the State Library of New South Wales and prepared and performed these chants incorporating medieval signs and letters from 10th century manuscripts. In November 2011 the History Channel recorded a documentary program on the Rimini Antiphonale with the St Laurence Gregorian Schola and in 2012 ABC Classics released a Gregorian chant CD on the national and international market of the Singers of St Laurence directed by Neil McEwan.

 Images Gerrie Mifsud

Images Gerrie Mifsud