Frank Nelson, Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral
The Very Reverend Frank Nelson was installed as Dean of Adelaide’s iconic St Peter’s Cathedral in October 2012. South African born, Frank was ordained priest in 1979 and has worked as a priest in South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has always had a passion for Cathedrals and the unique opportunities they offer. He is particularly interested in good liturgy and music, coupled with a rigorous searching for ways to make faith relevant today while maintaining links with the past. He sees a Cathedral reaching out to a wide variety of people in many different ways. Frank is married to Christine; together they have three adult children. One of their daughters, Megan, is a musician and composer. Frank particularly enjoys the opportunity to sing the Office of Evensong with the Choir.
Jenny Wilson, born in England, came to live in Adelaide when she was 6 months old. After completing her schooling at St Andrew’s School and Methodist Ladies’ College, Jenny studied Mathematics and Music at The University of Adelaide and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Pure Mathematics in 1983 and a Diploma of Education in 1984. Jenny left teaching to embark on a Bachelor of Theology at Flinders University and was ordained a Deacon and Priested in 2006. Jenny is the Precentor at the Cathedral, supporting the Dean and the Music Department in the preparation of liturgy. In the life of the Cathedral, Jenny particularly enjoys pastoral care and preaching and celebrating the Eucharist in the midst of the wonderful voices of the Cathedral Choir. Jenny and her husband Nicholas Iles have been parents to a Head Chorister of the Cathedral Choir, Harriet Iles.
Penny joined the Music Foundation Executive in 2014 and is Deputy Chair of the committee. Her professional career combined qualifications in pharmacy and marketing and led her to Sydney and then New York City where she worked as a corporate executive in drug development and publication management. Her fundraising experience involves various committees at St Peter’s College, she has also been a member of the Southampton Hospital Fundraising Committee (NY) and the Friends of the Helpmann Academy. She has always been a passionate supporter of the music at the Cathedral and is a strong believer in continuing voice and organ tuition and awarding of scholarsips to the members of the Choir. She has a son in the Choir who has made the careful transition from treble to tenor under the expert guidance of the Director of Music, Leonie Hempton OAM. Penny is married to Don Donlan and between them they have three children and three grandchildren.
After singing for many years in the choirs of Selwyn College Cambridge, then Croydon Minster in the UK, Kevin joined St Peter’s Cathedral Choir shortly after migrating to Adelaide with his wife, Lizzie Dodd, in 2005. For over twenty years he was based in the City of London, managing major projects and corporate actions for one of the UK’s largest banks. As well as being Treasurer and Public Officer of St Peter’s Cathedral Music Foundation, he is Treasurer of St Peter’s Cathedral. More widely he is a member of the Adelaide Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Administration and Resource Executive, and is Chair of Anglican Funds SA. As well as singingh, Kevin rings the magnificent bells at St Peter’s Cathedral and is Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers.
As the Cathedral’s People’s Warden, Stephen is a member of Cathedral Council and an executive of the Music Foundation Executive. Stephen was a chorister himself as a bass in 1971.His background in education as a former Principal of two Anglican schools is invaluable to the Foundation and he provides an important link to the Cathedral Council.
Christine joined the Cathedral Choir in 1992, when she received an invitation to help out for three months. Apart from a couple of months in 1994, she has continued singing with the Choir and is the longest standing member. She became a member of Cathedral Council in 1995, retiring in 2012. She holds, therfore, much of the recent history and corporate memory of the Music Foundation. As a speech pathologist she also looks after the vocal health of the choristers. Her role on the recent Choir Tour to the UK and France included the responsibility for all the Choir Robes and Music – no mean feat – the excess baggage weighed-in at 120kg!
Richard Sawers AM
Richard joined the Music Foundation Executive in 2015. He is a practicing dentist and father of a treble in the Cathedral Choir. He is a strong believer in “giving back” and believes that the opportunity to support the Music Foundation is a chance for him to be closely involved in enjoying liturgical music while being part of a team who are dedicated to support the musical background and training of the Choir. His fundraising activities within the dental world lends enormous experience to the executive committee as he was the inaugural Chairman of the South Australian Foundation for Dental Education and Research which successfully raised substantial funds. He is married to Rebecca and has six children and six grandchildren.
David joined the Music Foundation Executive in 2016 and has a long and varied association with the music of St Peter’s Cathedral. He sang with the Choir as a treble chorister in the early 2000’s, serving as Head Chorister in 2004. David returned in 2010 to study organ under Dr. David Swale OAM. He was the recipient of a Music Foundation organ scholarship between 2012 and 2015, alowing him to continue studies with Dr. Joshua van Konkelenberg. David has since been appointed Cathedral Sub-organist and sings with the Choir as a baritone. David appreciates the important liturgical and educational roles of music at the Cathedral and sees the Foundation as critical to the continuation and further development of the music program. He also enjoys the wider involvement in the Cathedral community and is currently servingh as a member of Cathedral Council. David works in a professional capacity as a petroleum and mechanical engineer in the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
Jayne joined the Music Foundation Executive in 2016. She has experience on various fundraising committees and brings her considerable expertise and resourcefulness to the committee. Jayne’s working life spans many years as a court reporter in the South Australian and UK courts, and, more recently, as a parliamentary Hansard reporter. She has a love of music, which has been handed on to her children who enjoy being part of orchestral and choral ensembles at school and university. She is looking forwrd to supporting the Music Foundation in its fudraising capacity. Jayne is married to Brian and they have two children.
Pauline Brooks – retired 2015
Robert Martin – retired 2015
Keith Stephens – retired 2015
Alison Campbell – retired 2016
Alison joined the Cathedral Choir as an alto in 1998, a year after her sons, Robert (Head Chorister in 1999) and Alistair, joined the treble line. All three have now retired from the Choir. With her professional background in computing, Alison was responsible for establishing and managing data bases for the Music Foundation. Her contribution to the Music Foundation was significant, in particular to the setup of this website, and we will always be indebted to her for her computer wizadry!