A Service of Celebration in Word and Music for HM Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday, Sunday June 12th 2016, 6.00pm


What better time than the Queen’s Birthday weekend to make your way to St Peter’s Cathedral in North Adelaide.

The iconic building will host a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, on Sunday June 12th at 6pm, and representing Her

Majesty will be His Excellency the Honourable Heu van Le AO, Governor of South Australia.

The Dean of the Cathedral, Frank Nelson, says “it’s a melding of a formal choral service and a community sing-along.”

Wearing the red and white robes so familiar at royal occasions in Westminster Abbey, the St Peter’s Cathedral Choir along with other Anglican church choirs and singers will lead the congregation in celebration. The wonderful Psalm 122 will be sung to music composed by Sir Hubert Parry for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. Significantly, this was also sung at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, has composed special 90th birthday music, which will be heard for the first time in Australia on June 12th at St Peter’s Cathedral, and sung by the Cathedral Choir.

It is not only the choirs which get to sing! Lovers of the old favourites of the pomp and pageantry associated with royal occasions can enjoy singing “Jerusalem”, “All people that on earth do dwell”, and “I vow to Thee my country.”

In addition to this, the Adelaide Highland Pipe Band will play “Amazing Grace” and “Scotland the Brave”.

Of course the Cathedral Organist Dr. Josh van Konkelenberg will play with his musical flair and energy, and all of it will be expertly conducted by the Director of Music, Leonie Hempton OAM. The Music will be interspersed with extracts from speeches made by the Queen over the years and, as one would expect in a Cathedral, prayers of thanksgiving.

Afterwards, we are inviting people to come to a Reception, in the CP Hall from 7pm-8pm, hosted by the St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation. Pre-booking tickets for the reception is required and they can be purchased at the Cathedral shop or through www.trybooking.com/LCGX

Please come dressed in party fare, Red, White and Blue, hats and feathers. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a present – an item of non-perishable food for the Magdalene Centre and a donation into the cathedral collection to support the music at the Cathedral.

See Poster here – Queen’s Celebration Poster

Enquiries to Penny Bowen – Chair, St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation – enquires@musicfoundation.org.au
Media Enquiries to Andrew Victorsen – Communications & Events Co-ordinator –  events@stpeters-cathedral.org.au