St Michael’s Choir with the Oxfords, September 2014


Music at St Michael’s has been an important element in the worship since it began in 1852. We have one of the few fully functioning Parish choirs in the city of Christchurch. The principal choir is an SATB Choir of about 16 voices. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7:30pm – 9:30pm. With musical leadership at most 10:00am Sunday Masses and usually three 7:00pm Choral Evensongs a month, the very efficient and friendly choir covers a wide range of repertoire. The choir performs to a high standard.

If you would like to find out more about our active musical life contact:

Paul V Ellis (Music Director)
76 Fisher Avenue
Christchurch 8023

Phone: (03)337 3370


Full Time Choir members sing at 10:00am Mass on Sundays, 7:00pm Festal Evensong 1st Sunday of the month and at major Festivals. They can choose to sing in the evenings as well.

Evensong Choir Usually sings 7:00pm 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month and is made up of full-time members rostered from the above and extras from the Deputy list.

Deputies A pool of singers who offer to sing on an occasional basis in their chosen voice part when a full-time member is absent. Entry to the St Michael’s Choir is usually through this channel. Some elect to sing only in the ‘Evensong Choir’.


ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS               

Offering your child free, multi-faceted learning in music, teamwork, leadership and development of confidence.

Choral training for Boys and Girls on Wednesdays in school term times: –

Training Group             3:10pm – 3:30pm

Performance Group      3:30pm – 4:00pm

The Young Voices’ programme is open to pupils from all schools, in Years 1-8.

The groups rehearse at St Michael’s Church School.

All boys and girls begin in the Training Group. Auditions are not required. When they have completed their initial skill level, pupils graduate to the Performance Group.

The Performance Group sings about once a month in the Sunday 10.00am church service at  St Michael & All Angels.

Exceptional Music

  • High standard of performance
  • Emphasis on vocal training and music-reading skills

Teamwork, Leadership, and Skills for Life

  • Children learn more than just music skills; training and discipline become an essential part of their whole development as a child.
  • Each boy and girl receives significant individual attention in a challenging yet fun environment.
  • Fostering leadership skills is an important part of our programme.
  • ‘The Voice for Life’ training scheme (Royal School of Church Music) is available by which pupils can gain internationally recognized musical qualifications.

How to join

Complete the registration form and email, mail or hand to the programme director, Mr Paul V Ellis:

76 Fisher Avenue      


Christchurch 8023

Chamber Choir Further applications are invited from experienced and competent singers wishing to join the Chamber Choir. This is a mixed group of experienced and able singers. It consists of Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses. Most are of under-graduate and post-graduate age. Some are past members of the National Youth and Secondary Schools Choirs. Entry is open to good readers of all ages. The group sings at an Evensong on the fifth Sunday of the month if there is one. Occasional concerts are envisaged to promote works not often performed in New Zealand or to promote first performances.

The Chamber Choir of August 2015 with three Oxfords