The Cathedral Choir history can be traced back 150 years through rich detailed accounts, including royal baptisms, coronations, and rich Cathedral liturgy. Composed of eight paid Choral Scholars and 16 volunteer singers, the choir provides a strong, living tradition of choral music, central to the Cathedral’s liturgy, and is dedicated to the highest standards of performance of choral literature from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance polyphony, through works by contemporary composers. The choir sings weekly at the 10:30 am Sunday Eucharist, on the first Sunday of the month at 5:30 pm for Evensong, and for many other feasts and concerts throughout the year. The Hawaiian Choir sings at the 8 am Holy Eucharist every Sunday. They support the congregation in the singing of Hawaiian hymns and service music as well as offering an anthem in Hawaiian. The choirs come together to sing for major feasts throughout the year.
Evensongs and Sacred Concerts
As in all the great cathedrals of the world, Evensong or a Sacred Concert is offered every Sunday. Evensong is the crowning jewel in a cathedral’s busy Sunday. The Cathedral Choir sings on the first Sunday of every month. Other Sundays feature the Priory School Chamber Choir or Colla Voce, a women’s ensemble at UH founded by one of the Cathedral’s Choral Scholars. On Sundays when there is no choir, Evensong is sung by the congregation to simple chants.
Fridays at Saint Andrew’s Noontime Concerts
Noontime Concerts at Saint Andrew’s features guest artists and the Cathedral’s own musicians in performances of chamber and choral music, and recitals, on the acclaimed Aeolian-Skinner organ – Hawai`i’s largest pipe organ! Concerts begin at 12.15 pm; all are welcome to bring lunch and dine in the pews to the sounds of beautiful music in a beautiful space, and to come and go as time permits. The concert is free with donations welcome, and free parking is available on the Cathedral’s front lawn, weather permitting.