Art at St George’s
As the focus of a community’s social and cultural life, the medieval cathedrals of Europe were more than places of worship. They provided a space where the people would gather to watch musicians, actors and dancers tell stories through the performance of mystery plays.
Today, many cathedrals continue this tradition by providing a unique performance and exhibition space for the celebration of the creative arts.
Whether it be through sculpture, painting, dance, theatre, literature, architecture, poetry, ballet, music – whatever – these disciplines enable us to probe a deeper reality, and to experience a sense of transcendence which lifts us above the mundane.
‘Hard Rain’ by Brittany Evans, 2010
St George’s Art
Since its inception in 2003, St George’s Art has become a prestigious annual event in the City of Perth and the Cathedral.
The Exhibition provides an excellent platform for students in Western Australian secondary schools to exhibit their work. Many go on to exhibit at the Year 12 Perspectives Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Praise for the St George’s Concert Series:
“World-Class”, “Perfection”, “Spectacular”, “Breathtaking”, “Glorious”, “Uncompromising musicianship of the highest order.” – The West Australian.
“The Cathedral Consort sang with an almost otherworldly precision and explosive power. . . . Joseph Nolan has a supreme talent for recognizing where in a piece of music the genius resides, and how to communicate that to an audience in the most direct and uncompromising fashion. More of a musician you cannot ask.” – The West Australian.
“One of the most dynamic and musically engaging ‘Messiah’s that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. Joseph Nolan has transformed the St George’s Cathedral Consort into an outstanding ensemble, with excellent technical control. Their clear articulation in all the fast passages and a beautifully blended sound brought considerable intensity and dramatic impact to the work’s more powerful moments. A genuinely moving and uplifting performance.” – The Australian.
“Exceptional” – Arts Update, Australian Book Review.
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Concerts at One
The Cathedral’s Concerts at One are an increasingly popular series on the Perth events calendar, ideally timed to suit shoppers, city workers, seniors, school groups, and tourists on a day trip to Perth. These concerts provide an opportunity for talented students to perform in a unique environment to an appreciative audience.
Featuring music students from Western Australian high schools, the Yoon Sen Lee Music School, the WA Academy of Performing Arts, the UWA Conservatorium of Music, and the UWA Music Students’ Society.
All concerts are at 1.00pm, concluding at around 1.45pm. There is no need to book ahead.
Entry is free, with a retiring collection taken.