Chancel Choir

The music ministry of St Peter's invigorates our worship and enhances the greater Mount Maunganui and Tauranga communities. 


The Chancel Choir of St Peter's inspires worshippers and visitors as it continues the great choral tradition of the worldwide Anglican Church.  An active and affiliated choir of the Royal School of Church Music, the Chancel Choir sings a wide range of choral music from the Renaissance motets of Palestrina, Gibbons, and Byrd, to modern anthems by Rutter, Shepherd, and Archer. 


The Chancel Choir is comprised of trained singers and musicians and regularly sings services of Choral Eucharist, Choral Evensong, and at all major Festivals.  The choir strives for high standards with consistent discipline and commitment. If you're an excellent singer who loves choral music, you're welcome to audition for the Chancel Choir.        

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The Johannus organ of St Peter's, commissioned in 2010, is unique to New Zealand, designed to function as a church and concert instrument.  The organ boasts 30 speaking stops.  Its voicing is based on the great cathedral organs of England and Germany. 


 St Peter's hosts an annual chamber music concert series for the wider community. 


St Peter's is also home to the Scholars Pro Musica, a chamber choir-in-residence which annually sings three concerts of larger works as well as the popular Advent Procession and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols around Christmas.


The music ministry of St Peter's is administered by The principle organist and choirmaster, Chalium Poppy. Chalium is an accomplished musician, singer, conductor, musical commentator and lecturer.  Chalium has served the church much of his life, first as a chorister and then as a director of music.


Chalium says, "My philosophy is that good liturgy, good preaching, and good music in proper balance promote meaningful and respectful worship."


The Chancel Choir sings at 8am every Sunday except the 5th Sunday at St Peter's. They rehearse at 10am Sunday mornings.


For more information, or to arrange an audition, contact Chalium Poppy: