The Cathedral Choir sings at the Choral Eucharist each Sunday at 10am and at Evensong on the fourth Sunday of the month.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Thomas Rimes has emerged as one of the most outstanding Australian conductors working throughout the world during the past two decades. Born in the Fiji Islands, he grew up in Hobart and received his early musical training in pianoforte, organ, choral singing and conducting. He completed his formal musical training in the United States, where he was the recipient of the Sir Georg Solti U.S. Foundation Award for an operatic conductor/pianist. In 2003 Thomas was awarded a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Memphis.
Having completed his Masters Studies, Thomas pursued further studies in New York City with such renowned teachers as Paul Nadler from the Metropolitan Opera and David Gilbert from the Manhattan School of Music and worked for two years under the artistic mentorship of Placido Domingo as part of the Domingo/Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera. During his time in Washington D.C., Thomas appeared as a symphonic and operatic conductor at the New Opera Festival of Rome and was assistant conductor for numerous operatic productions at Washington National Opera, Opera de Monte-Carlo and Baltimore Opera. At this time he also appeared regularly as a pianoforte accompanist in numerous concerts throughout Europe, the United States, China and Australia.
From 2009 to 2014, Thomas was engaged at the Staatstheater Kassel in Kassel, Germany, where he worked as a Kapellmeister. After making his German operatic conducting debut with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor he conducted a wide-ranging repertoire consisting of romantic German and Italian opera, Baroque opera, operetta, ballet and musicals.
From 2014 to 2019, Thomas was the second Kapellmeister at the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In this position he has conducted a wide range of opera and musical repertoire. He has also been active at the theatre composing and arranging music for productions at the theatre, most notably for the world premiere of the innovative “Steampunk Opera” Klein Zaches genannt Zinnober.
In addition to his conducting activities, Thomas is an active composer of opera, musicals and vocal music. He presented the American premiere of his first opera The Long Ride Home, for which he also wrote the story and libretto, in New York City in 2006 and the Australian premiere in Sydney in 2008. Thomas completed a second work, the comic opera “Annus Horribilis” in 2019. He is currently in the process of writing a musical titled O.T.O., based on Shakespeare’s Othello. Since he began his work as the Director of Music at St. David’s Cathedral Thomas has premiered several new choral compositions with the Cathedral Choir, including a new Communion Setting for Soprano and Alto voices.
Rod Thomson – Organist
Rod Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tasmania. He learned organ from Bernard Clark at All Saints’ Church, East St Kilda (Melbourne) and holds the musical qualifications of LMus and FTCL. He has been organist and choirmaster at churches in three capital cities since the age of sixteen. He has been City Organist of Hobart and Organist to the University of Tasmania, and has been active as a recitalist in the UK and various countries of Continental Europe.
Peter Warren – Organist
Peter Warren started to learn the piano at the age of five and studied the organ with Cathedral organist Andrew Newberry at Peterborough Cathedral for three years. Peter became a regular organist at All Souls Catholic Church in Peterborough at the age of 16, later was assistant organist at London University’s Strawberry Hill Chapel. Peter entered the Royal Academy Of Music London in 1987 where he qualified as LRAM in pianoforte in 1990. Having moved to Australia he was appointed organist at St Mary’s Cathedral before playing at St David’s. He is currently head of music at Sacred Heart College Hobart, is also an accomplishes jazz pianist.
The cathedral organ is an instrument still in the English romantic tradition, but with the ability to make sense of music from the German baroque and French romantic and modern traditions.
Organ recitals are held regularly. Enquiries to the Cathedral Office.
There is a ring of twelve bells in the tower (tuned as ten with two semitones). There are also five fixed bells (including the ‘day bell’) which, in combination with eight of the swinging bells, form a chime of 13 (not currently operational). Ringers from around the world are always welcome.
Contact: Doug Nichols phone
+61 03 6234 4900.