Parish of Manuka South Canberra

Choral Music

St Paul’s, Manuka, has a strong and active musical tradition, providing for the liturgical needs of the parish as well as contributing to Canberra’s wider musical life.

Our choral programme involves the Parish Choir, the Children’s Choirs and the St Paul’s Singers.

The work of the choir and the organists forms an important contribution to the life of St Paul’s. The choir’s major commitment is to the weekly Choral Eucharist at 9.30am Eucharists (2-3 times per month), weekly Evensong at 5pm (except January). Services are also enhanced through the participation of brass, strings, harp and other instrumentalists from time to time.

In addition, many concerts are held at St Paul’s throughout the year by renowned performers and ensembles from Canberra and interstate.

St Paul’s Choir

The choir sings a wide variety of music including psalms, communion settings, canticles and anthems, and leads the congregation in a fine selection of hymns. The style of repertoire is varied, ranging from plainsong and polyphonic music settings to inspiring contemporary works. The turnover of music is fast so there is never a dull moment.

Although the choir is not formally auditioned, good sight-reading and ensemble skills are highly beneficial. Many current members are highly experienced and from a variety of musical backgrounds.

Singing in a liturgical choir is a rewarding experience, offering the chance to:

  • explore the great works of sacred music in the context for which they were written
  • develop sight-singing, teamwork and ensemble skills
  • develop vocal skills in a supportive environment
  • experience the joy of music-making in a group context

Membership is open to people of all faiths and none. Diversity of background and experience is welcomed and celebrated amongst its members, and throughout the parish.

The choir is affiliated with RSCM Australia (ACT)

The St Paul’s Singers

Established in 2022, the St Paul’s Singers is an informal choral group which leads the singing at the 9.30am Eucharist on the third Sunday of the month. This is an inclusive ensemble where the ability to read music is not required.

Director of Music

Matthew Stuckings commenced as Director of Music at St Paul’s in December 2013 after 10 successful years in a similar position at All Saints, Ainslie (ACT). He is director of the renowned Canberra chamber choir, Igitur Nos, and has conducted and sung with many major Australian choirs. His passion for the sacred choral tradition has seen him take opportunities to study in Australia and the UK, most recently in York Minster. He is a special collections librarian at the National Library of Australia.

Please direct all enquiries regarding music, choirs and concerts at St Paul’s to:
Matthew Stuckings, Director of Music
Phone: 0404 136 959

Music Department


Matthew Stuckings


Kate Edwards


Greta Claringbould, Alison Waddell 


Christopher Erskine SC

James Porteous

Mary Anne Neilsen

Arts Foundation

Musical activities at St Paul’s are supported by the St Paul’s Arts Foundation, which has status as a tax-deductible gift recipient. Donations can be made by cheque to ‘The Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation, PO Box 3417 Manuka 2603’ or by electronic transfer- please email for details.


The St Paul’s Manuka Building for Our Future project is a legacy project that will live on for decades to come. Would you partner with us in building the New Centre for Sacred Music through the Parish of Manuka Arts Foundation?

 Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.

Donations to the Future Building Fund can be made via the form below.

All online donations will receive an emailed receipt.

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