Director of Music Robert Oliver

There are three sung Masses at St Mary of the Angels

Family Mass 9:00am

A Family Mass with Hymns, sung responsorial psalm and the Mass sung in English, led by a small informal singing group which meets 15 minutes before Mass. The singing is led by Robert Oliver and the organ is played by James Young.

Choral Mass 11:00am
St Mary of the Angels Choir

The choir of St Mary of the Angels, directed by Robert Oliver, leads the congregation in singing the Latin Ordinary (currently either De Angelis or Cum Jubilo) and Offertory hymn.

The Gregorian Chants proper for the day’s Introit, Alleluia, and Communion are sung by the choir, as well as the Responsorial Psalm in Latin. The choir sings polyphonic motets before Mass, at the Offertory, during Communion, and for the recessional procession. These motets include Renaissance polyphony by Palestrina and Victoria, and music from more modern eras.

Anyone is welcome to join the choir. There is no audition, and the only qualification is a strong desire to sing. The choir practises at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, every Thursday for two hours from 7:30pm. There is an extra voluntary session on Friday nights at 7:30, for those who would like extra vocal tuition and help with reading music.

Email the choir director, Robert Oliver, to enquire about becoming a member of the St Mary of the Angels Choir or contact him on 021 0257 4375.

The choir’s most recent recording A Solis Ortus Cardine … from Lands that see the Sun Arise is available from the Parish Office for $25.

Download as MP3 Download an MP3 (852KB) of the choir men singing the Alleluia for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time “Domine exaudi”. The Cantor is John Sullivan, the recording engineer is Anthony Donovan.

Learn more about St Mary of the Angels choir

Youth Mass 5:00pm

Youth Mass. The music consists of singing modern music with guitars and instruments. The group meets at 4:00pm to practise the songs and chants for the day. Anyone is welcome to join.

Young Angel Voices

Young Angel Voices

Young Angel Voices starts again for 2014 on February 13th, and meets for an hour on Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm till 5:30pm in the Community Room in the Presbytery at St Mary of the Angels. Led by Robert Oliver, they sing rounds, part-songs and unison songs, learn to use their voices and to read music while having fun.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Robert Oliver (04 934 2296) or eave their details with the Parish Office (04 473 8074).

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Schola Cantorum

Schola Cantorum, the youth choir of St Mary of the Angels, meets on Fridays at 5:30pm till 7:00pm in St John’s Church, Willis Street.

Those who have just left school, love singing but have nowhere to sing, can come along and sing with others of their own age. No audition, all sorts of songs, old and new, have some fun singing (learn vocal technique, sight-reading etc with Robert Oliver) then hit the town. The repertoire ranges from Bach to Leonard Cohen, Gregorian chant to Gospel, renaissance polyphony to jazz standards etc. We do a couple of concerts a year, go busking, and have fun.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Robert Oliver (04 934 2296) or eave their details with the Parish Office (04 473 8074).

Music at St Mary of the Angels

Music has always been an important part of life and worship at St. Mary’s. There is mention of a choir as far back as 1843. In 1892 a predecessor to the present organ was installed in the previous St. Mary of the Angels. It survived the 1918 fire that destroyed this earlier wooden structure and did noble service for more than sixty years. When the present St. Mary’s organ was commissioned in 1958, the (smaller) earlier instrument was moved to Christchurch where it gave many more years of service.