Concert: Peter Warren Organ Recital Feb 11, 5pm

Monday, February 11th, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

All set for a history lesson

ORGANIST Peter Warren will explore the full range of the St David’s Cathedral organ and church-related events at his free Organ Society of Hobart concert on Monday.

The concert will be in three sets spanning 300 years and will begin with Trumpet Tune in D, by Henry Purcell.

“It’s very joyous, noble and atmospheric and makes for a triumphant start,” Warren said.

“We’ll then settle in with the meditative piece Cantilena, by Josef Rheinberger. It has a mesmerising sound that gives you a feeling of peace and beauty.

“Pageant from Three Pieces for Organ, by Francis Jackson, has wonderful harmonies and is noble and glorious.”

The second set focuses on specific events of the church year, starting with J.S. Bach’s Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ from the Little Organ Book.

“It is linked to Lent and is a very quiet, intimate piece,” Warren said.

“In Dulci Jubilo, also by Bach, is based on a medieval Christmas carol and is very spatial, with a glorious big sound.

“Alleluia, from Twelve Pieces for Organ by Theodore Dubois, is a work for Easter and is based on medieval plainsong. He makes interesting and exciting harmonies, time signatures and modulations, and it has an improvisational quality.”

The third set celebrates occasions linked to the church, including an ecumenical gathering, a memorial service and a wedding, beginning with Paraphrase on a Chorus from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, by Alexandre Guilmant.

“Guilmant begins it with a brassy fanfare, followed by romantic harmonies in the fugue, and it finishes with an amazing climax,” Warren said.

“Ricordi’s arrangement of Adagio in Sol Minore by Albinoni works really well and everyone will know it. It is full of pathos and is an amazing piece that can move you to tears.

“We’ll end on a happier note with Tuba Tune by C.S. Lang, which is very joyous, and the toe-tapping party piece Toccata (for a wedding) for Isobel and Damien by Philip Cranmer.”

The concert is at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart at 5pm on Monday. Entry is free.


Concert: Blooming Church Concert Feb 10, 2pm

Sunday, February 10th, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Wonderful, flourishing music to our end our Blooming Church Festival from Peter Warren (Organ), Xaiver Gandy (French Horn), Belinda Ratnik (Flute), Tasmanian Chorale (directed by Jo-Anne Kemp), Rod Thomson (Organ)

Tickets $15 / $12 concession, available from the door.

All proceeds to the Friends of St. Davids.


Blooming Church 2019 Feb 8-10

From Friday, February 8th, 2019 until Sunday, February 10th, 2019


Welcome to Blooming Church 2019: Flourishing!

Friday 8 February 2019   9am – 4.30pm

Saturday 9 February 2019   9am – 4.30pm

Sunday 10 February 2019   11.30am – 2pm


(The Bell Tower will be open on Saturday 9 February from 10am – 12 noon only).

The Friends of St David’s are delighted to present St David’s 51st floral festival – a celebration of community, creativity, flowers and music – that brings many church and community groups together to fill the Cathedral with a bounty of glorious flowers in a flourishing, annual spectacle!


🌸 Blooming Church Concert: Sunday 10 February, 2:00pm                                      Tickets $15 / $12 concession, available from the door.

🌸 Botanical art exhibition by Botaniko: Celebrating 200 years through Botanical Illustration is Botaniko’s outstanding exhibition for the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens’ 200 year milestone in 2018, reflecting some of its significant botanical specimens.

🌸 Self-guided tours of the windows of St David’s: A guide to the windows of St David’s is available to walk you through the history of the beautiful stained-glass windows within the Cathedral.

🌸 Incidental Music: Enjoy musical performances on the Cathedral organ and piano throughout the festival, with Hobart FM 96.1 broadcasting from 12-2pm Friday and the Cantiamo Ladies Choir performing at 11am Saturday.

🌸 Cathedral Treasures: Discover heritage displays from St David’s archives.

🌸 Refreshments: Tea Rooms in Church House are open Friday and Saturday for light lunches, morning and afternoon teas.

🌸 The Bell Tower: Tours of the Bell Tower will be conducted on Saturday morning, 10am to 12 noon.

We hope that you enjoy visiting magnificent St David’s Cathedral this weekend and have a wonderful time ‘flourishing’ with us!

The Friends of St David’s have a time-honoured tradition of working together to raise funds for the Cathedral, and have done so in one form or another for over 80 years!  All funds raised by the Friends are used to support the life and ministry of beautiful St David’s Cathedral.   

Service: Opening of the Legal Year 2019

Friday, February 1st, 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Traditional Ecumenical Service that start to the Legal Year.

This years speaker is

Claire Rogers

World Vision Australia CEO Claire Rogers is a social innovator with a track record of assisting organisations to adapt to the tech-disrupted economy, with a focus on aligning physical and digital execution to maximise opportunities.

In her previous role as head of ANZ Australia’s digital banking, Claire spearheaded the bank’s digital channels transformation.

Chair of Ridley Theological College for eight years, Claire has long had a passion for equal opportunity for all; she sees the digital revolution as an exciting opportunity to reach new generations who want to fight global poverty as well as transforming the experience of existing donors. Claire’s inspired by World Vision’s mission and the creation of a more just and peaceful world, where every child can experience life in all its fullness.

Her interests include global justice, digital innovation, leadership – especially for women and girls – entrepreneurship and agile practices to drive rapid transformation.

Claire is married with two children, lives in Melbourne and enjoys tennis, cycling and sharing time with her family.

#Change the Heart

Thursday, January 24th, 2019 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

This January, Aunty Jean Phillips, in partnership with Common Grace, invites Australian Churches to hold services of acknowledgement, lament and prayer as we approach January 26th – a day of mourning for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters.

In Hobart on the evening of January 24, 2019, you’re invited to join us at St David’s Anglican Cathedral from 5:30 pm for a service of prayer and lament for the 26th of January.


An invitation from Aunty Jean Phillips

Aunty Jean Phillips is inviting us to respond to Jan 26 by attending her prayer services across the country. Find your nearest service at and please SHARE her invitation widely.

Posted by Common Grace on Sunday, January 14, 2018


Light refreshments will be provided following the service.

During the service, an offering will be taken up to support Aboriginal Christian ministry through the Grasstree Gathering. Please consider how you can generously support this ministry and resource Aboriginal Christian leaders across the country.



Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 5:30 pm


St David’s Anglican Cathedral
23 Murray St
Hobart, TAS 7000
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Christmas 2018: Looking for Stable Leadership

From Monday, December 24th, 2018 until Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Christmas Eve

A service for the young and young at heart

A service of beautiful music, readings and carols. A special annual service.

Starting in darkness for the coming of the light of the world with candles for all. A reflective service.

Christmas Day

Traditional communion to start the day.

A wonderful celebration for all ages.

Stable Leadership

We are looking for stable leadership. Our Country has had 6 different Prime Minsters in just over a decade, with the leaders 4 time being dumped by their own party, and the Federal Government’s majority is on a knife edge. In our State the Government’s agenda appears capable of being hijacked while some of the problems seem intractable with accusations of weak leadership. These are challenging times for leadership.
Worldwide voters seem to show a lack of trust in old governing structures leading to unexpected results. Some world leaders demonstrate unhelpful styles of leadership, showing scant regard for truth, process and growing nationalism, and they can themselves look unstable. Some forms of leadership are challenging.
All this leads us to ask? who is in charge and what should true leadership look like? We are looking for stable leadership but is it possible?
2000 years ago in the midst of leadership that was remote, uncaring, indifferent, corrupt or ineffectual came the remarkable message that God’s leadership was being established and demonstrate through the ministry of a carpenter from Nazareth. In Jesus, God was keeping his promise of establishing his kingdom of justice and peace, the creator God of the Hebrew Scriptures was in charge. Here was a leadership challenge to all other leaders, their claims to authority were undermined and marginalised. It is no surprise that this usurper was killed to get rid of this revolutionary message. But then God raised him from the dead to vindicate him. The resurrection shouldn’t lead us to say “Coo, that was unexpected” rather “It’s a coup, Jesus is king.” In Jesus there is leadership that is truly stable and unchallengable and we look for it to be established among us.
But in Jesus we not only are challenged about who is the leader we are also challenged about what leadership looks like. For here is a leader who is concerned about justice and righteousness yet acts with compassion and grace. This is not about “Israel first”, but God first and the caring for others above self. Not about power but truly about people, acting in humility and fully identifying with those he leads.
There is no better way of capturing this than the nativity stories, where the true king of all the world is born in back room of a rural pub. His birth celebrated by both and attended by shepherds, the high and the low. Power and humility captured in a manger. This is a leadership challenge born in a back room. This is stable leadership.
In Advent we await Jesus coming to fully establish that Kingdom and live out its values. We commit ourselves to the kingdom of stable leadership, to Jesus our king and to follow in his ways. We pray and work for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
“For unto us a child is born, his name shall be the prince of peace … of his government there shall be no end.” Isaiah 9

Concert: Argyle Orchestra Christmas Concert Dec 21

Friday, December 21st, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

The Argyle Orchestra and Choir has much pleasure in presenting it’s third Christmas Concert, Directed by Simon Reade again at St Davids Cathedral.
This Christmas we are performing one of Mozarts best loved works his Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola with Soloists Tara Murphy and Finn Cooney.
The second work being The Messe de Minuit de Noel written around 1690 by the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. This beautiful work combines art music with music of profane origins, using French Christmas folksongs, some of which date back to the Middle ages which puts it in the genre of a “parody mass.” It is scored for string orchestra, organ with 2 Flutes, Choir and 5 fantastic young solo voices being Lana Kains, Sophie Mohler, Rebecca O’Hanlon, Jeremy Boulton and Alexander Young

Bookings here


Concert: Sing Australia on the Cathedral Steps

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Come listen and join in Christmas songs on the Murray St steps of the Cathedral.

When Sing Australia are on the steps Christmas is getting close!

Concert: The Idea of North: Christmas Ballads By Candlelight Dec 15

Saturday, December 15th, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Idea of North right now at the Cathedral. Should have been here.The Idea of North presents ‘Christmas Ballads By Candlelight’ at the beautiful St. David’s Cathedral in Hobart.

Christmas Ballads By Candlelight is a show full of gorgeous music presented in stunning acoustics and surrounded by twinkling candles.

Join us, for an end-of-year event that promises to make you feel all the feels: Fizzy. Squishy. Misty. Classy. Laughy. Singy. Festivy.

Ticket here

Concert: A Boy Is Born (Allegri Ensemble) Dec 14

Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm


Allegri Ensemble
Christmas concert:
Andrew Bainbridge, director
Joshua Ryan, organ

Allegri Ensemble, directed by Andrew Bainbridge, is pleased to present a colourful Christmas program of favourite carols and festive songs featuring excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric youthful masterwork “A Boy Was Born”.

Other works on the program include John Rutter’s “Shepherd’s Pipe carol” and “What Sweeter Music”; Bob Chilcott’s “The Shepherd’s Carol”; John Tavener’s “The Lamb”; Orlando Gibbons’ “This is the record of John” and Thomas Tallis’ wonderful extended motet “Videte miraculum”. We will also present mid-20th century classics by William Mathias, Colin Brumby, Stephen Jackson, Andrew Carter, William Walton, Richard Rodney Bennett, interspersed with Robert Parsons’ sublime “Ave Maria” and Samuel Scheidt’s rousing “Ein Kind’ geborn”.

Audience members will be invited to join in singing “O come all ye faithful” and “The First Nowell” in well‐loved arrangements by Sir David Willcocks and the program will conclude with a rousing rendition of William James’ Australian carol “Merry Christmas”.

Allegri Ensemble is delighted to be joined by Joshua Ryan, one of Australia’s best young organists. Joshua is an Honours student at the University of Sydney Conservatorium and winner of the 2018 Sydney University Medal in Music. He has been organ scholar at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral, St Stephen’s Church and Christ Church St Laurence, and works as a freelance performer, accompanist and teacher in Sydney and Canberra.

We hope you will join us for a stylish start to Christmas!

Friday 14 December, 8:00 pm St David’s Cathedral
23 Murray St, Hobart

Tickets: $35/$28 from Centertainment ph (03) 6234 5998

(NB:Internet Booking Fees apply)
Seating is General Admission
Door sales from 7:30 pm