Performance: Crown of Thorns Oratorio

From Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 3:30 pm until Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 at 7:45 pm

The Tasmanian premiere of Charles’ Packer’s Crown of Thorns will be performed on Good Friday in St David’s Cathedral, Hobart. Choral Productions Tasmania, under the direction of conductor Margot Lampkin OAM, will lead a 60-voice choir with soloists Quin Thomson, Helena Markovitch, Brett Budgeon and Michael Lampard.

Charles Sandys Packer (1809-1883) was a rising star in London’s musical world during the second quarter of the 19th century before being transported to the Australian penal colonies for a crime he did not wilfully commit. He was recognised for his musical accomplishments immediately upon his arrival in Australia and, after his freedom in the 1840s, he stood virtually unrivalled in Tasmania and Sydney.

Packer’s obscurity in the musical world of 21st century Australia remains puzzling. Yet his masterpiece, the oratorio The Crown of Thorns (1863), was equally shared on the concert platform with Handel’s oratorio Messiah for decades in Sydney each Easter. It was last heard in Sydney in 1936.

Although several pieces from The Crown of Thorns were heard in Tasmania under the baton of the composer’s nephew, Frederick Augustus Gow Packer, more than 100 years ago, the oratorio has not been heard complete again.

For more than 10 years, Luke Agati, has researched Packer’s life and work in England and Australia. His research reveals a composer who should rightfully share the stage with Australia’s musical giants.

The Cathedral has limited seating due to social distancing, so early purchase is recommended.

Friday April 2, 2021
Performance times: 3.30pm and 6.30pm.
Venue: St David’s Cathedral, 23 Murray St, Hobart
Tickets $35 and $30 concession

Click here to book online via TryBooking.


Service: The Crown? Easter 2021

From Thursday, April 1st, 2021 until Sunday, April 4th, 2021

What kind of crown is this?
What kind of king is this?
What is this king’s gambit?

No need to book. *indicates a live streamed service.

BCP Communion 10.30am
Choral Eucharist, 7:30pm

Meditations on the Cross, 10am*

Easter Vigil, 6.15am
Communion 8am* & 10am*

Service: Giving thanks for the life and work of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

On Sunday 11th April 2021 St David’s Cathedral hosted a Service to give thanks for the life and work of

His Royal Highness
Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh.

Attended by
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania
and Mr Warner.

If you were unable to attend you can watch the service again here:

A copy of the order of service can be downloaded by clicking here.

Concert: A Brass Band Showcase

Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Glenorchy City Concert Brass and Glenorchy City Community Brass present a night of brass band classics and favourites…with some surprises.

Fresh from their success in the recent Australian National Online Festival of Bands, Glenorchy City Concert Brass and Glenorchy City Community Brass present a program of classic marches and hymns, as well as favourites from Lennon and McCartney, John Williams…and a Riverdance.

Gather your friends and family for an entertaining all-ages concert in the inspirational acoustic of St David’s Cathedral, Saturday April 24th at 7.30pm.

Tickets available online or at the door from 7pm $15 adult – $10 student/concession – $30 family.

Service: ANZAC Day Choral Evensong

Sunday, April 25th, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Join us on Sunday 25th April at 5:30pm for our monthly service of Choral Evensong as we commemorate ANZAC Day. The Choir of St David’s Cathedral is conducted by Thomas Rimes. This service of Evensong will be led by the Rev’d Christopher Waterhouse and our preacher is the Rev’d Clif McDonnell.

  • Introit: Tallis, If ye love me
  • Canticles: Stanford in C
  • Anthem: Goss, O Saviour of the world 

All are welcome to attend and there is no need to book in advance. If you would like to know more about joining the choir or supporting the ongoing music ministry of the Cathedral, please contact us at or call (03) 6234 4900.