Music at St David’s

St David’s has a reputation for its high standard of music, which has a significant place within parish worship. At the services in the parish we use a mix of traditional and contemporary music.

Traditional services

Co-ordinated by the Parish Organist, Dr Ray Booth with Assistant Organist, Helena Lauer, a small choir supports regular traditional services.  On special occasions the St David’s Choir is complemented by the St David’s Auxiliary Choir of guest choristers from other choirs and parishes. This is particularly so for Evensong and special services for Advent, Christmas, Passiontide and other festivals.

The organ

The current organ which originated at St Paul’s Church, Adelaide, embodies something of the history of organ building in South Australia.  It took much parish fundraising to purchase the organ, rebuild and add new ranks of pipes. Parishioners are justifiably proud of this instrument being versatile and very suitable for all church services, accompanying choirs and/or congregations, vocal or instrumental soloists, as well as solo organ concerts. It is in excellent condition and will serve the parish well for decades to come.

Types of music

The parish has access to a wide range of music suitable for both traditional and contemporary worship.  The normal sung Eucharist on Sunday mornings includes a prelude and postlude, hymns and various congregational settings for the liturgy and a motet during communion.


Dr Ray Booth and the Friends of St David’s Music organize a series of free afternoon concerts.
These often include visiting singers, choristers and instrumentalists. Sudents from St Peter’s Girls' School and other nearby schools. are encouraged to perform.
The concerts are normally free but occasionally the concert is used to raise funds for a particular cause eg Nepal earthquake.  Please refer to News and Events for future concerts or alternatively, contact the parish office – telephone 8364 4034 or email: [email protected]  to be included on the list of people to be advised of forthcoming concert details.