Cathedral Choir



The short documentary video above offers an inspiring snapshot of the Choristers in St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, East Melbourne. Educated at St Kevin’s College in Toorak, the boys and young men of the Cathedral Choir enjoy a first class musical education lead by the Cathedral Choir director, Dr Daryl Barclay and Organist, Mr Dion Henman.
There’ have been choirs at St Patrick’s Cathedral since the middle of the nineteenth century, but the present Cathedral Choir of boys and men was founded in 1939, when the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir found itself stranded in Australia at the outbreak of war. The choir now comprises between 50 and 60 members, who sing regularly on Sunday mornings in the Cathedral at the 11.00am Solemn Mass. They also sing at other major services in the Cathedral, including ordinations, and the services of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.

The boys of the choir are normally admitted at the start of Year 5. They all attend St Kevin’s College in Toorak through to Year 12 with the assistance of a generous scholarship offered by the Archdiocese in association with St Kevin’s College. There is a rigorous weekly schedule of rehearsals, some of which are conducted at the College.

Enquiries regarding scholarships at St Kevin’s College for treble choristers may be directed to:

The Registrar, Mr David Hill
St Kevin’s College, Toorak VIC 3142
Tel: 03 9822 0911

Auditions for new treble choristers in 2020 will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday 23 May 2020, 10.00am-12.00pm. Applications close on Friday 15 May 2020.

All applications are made on-line at:   (Scroll down to “St Patrick’s Cathedral Choral Scholarships”).

A number of Alto, Tenor and Bass places in the Cathedral Choir for tertiary students are available for choral and organ scholars, and adult lay-clerks. Details of these are included in the brochure below.

Choral & Organ Scholarships Information Brochure and Application Form Choral & Organ Scholarships Information Brochure and Application Form

Enquiries regarding these positions should be directed to:

Dr Daryl Barclay
Director of St Patrick's Cathedral Choir


Cathedral Choir visits Ballarat and Bendigo  

In September 2011, St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir visited Ballarat and Bendigo, singing at the Vigil Mass on Saturday in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, and at the 11am Mass on Sunday in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo.