20 years of our International Organist Series 

Pilgrim’s International Organist Series is the brainchild of two of its former leading members, the late Ian Johnson and the late Brian Jones. They dreamt of expanding Pilgrim’s organ to the scale of a large English Cathedral instrument, and then inviting organists of international standing to Adelaide to give recitals on it. Through patience, hard... Continue Reading →

Next evensong 5pm Saturday 1 July

At our July evensong we’ll be singing the Noble in B minor service. T. Tertius Noble (1867-1953) was organist at York Minster 1898-1913, after which he moved to New York where he established the choir school at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue.  Here we are rehearsing in the choir stalls in York Minster in January... Continue Reading →

Thomas Trotter in Adelaide

Pilgrim Uniting Church is delighted to be recommencing its acclaimed international visiting organist program, with a visit in August by Thomas Trotter (UK). Thomas is one of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the UK, having received the Queen's Medal for Music in 2020. He was organ scholar at King's College Cambridge, and studied under... Continue Reading →

Our organ scholar improvising

Since Easter Sunday, Pilgrim is fortunate to have Val Estrella as our Organ Scholar. He mentioned he likes improvising, so we thought we'd let him have a go on Pentecost Sunday on the plainchant Veni Creator Spiritus. We're glad we did! Val will also be improvising the postlude after our next evensong, this coming Saturday... Continue Reading →

June evensong

We're preparing for our next evensong, 5pm Saturday 3 June. The setting will be Stanford in G. The last time we sang this was in Westminster Abbey, where we're pictured in the cloisters before filing in to rehearse. Luckily we've got these photos, because we do sometimes wonder whether it was all real! Photo: Alison... Continue Reading →

2022-23 English Cathedrals Tour

We have put together a video of our tour of England earlier this year – this is a shortened version of the ‘movie’ we showed after our April 1st evensong. In it we have tried to capture what it was like singing services in famous English cathedrals, and what that meant to our choristers.  A... Continue Reading →

Where the King will be crowned

Photography is not permitted in Westminster Abbey, however after singing evensong there on December 30 last year, we were allowed a group photo. The verger looking after us mentioned that just behind the steps we were posing on was the precise spot on which Charles III would be crowned: the newly restored Cosmati Pavement mosaic,... Continue Reading →

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