The Cathedral has a Director of Music, an Assistant Director of Music, a Principal Organist (Currently Vacant), Assistant and Sub Organist and Organ Scholars.

Leonie Hempton OAM, Director of Music

Leonie joined the Cathedral in 1996, with an extensive background in music education. After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium, Leonie spent four years in England developing her skills as a pianist and accompanist. As a music educator, she has had vast experience in many areas of music and music education. She has taught in a number of secondary schools and worked as a vocal coach for the State Opera and State Theatre Companies of South Australia, as well as teaching at NIDA in Sydney. Leonie has conducted many community, university and school choirs. Formally Leonie taught music at Marryatville Special Interest Music High School, retiring in 2016. Leonie was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to the community through music.

Andrew Chatterton, Assistant Director of Music (Hon)

Andrew Chatterton, conductor, pianist, singer and teacher, completed his studies at the Elder Conservatorium, studying piano with Gabriella Smart and Eleonora Sivan. He continues to study voice with Keith Hempton. A teacher at St Peter’s College, Andrew works with choirs across the Junior and Senior Schools.

This year he also begins working with the Adelaide Harmony Choir as Director of Music and continues working as a conductor with Young Adelaide Voices. As Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Cathedral, Andrew regularly conducts and sings with the Cathedral Choir, and has conducted the choir on tour in England and Italy. As a choral singer he performs regularly in Adelaide Festivals and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has studied conducting with Johannes Fritszch, Arvo Volmer, János Fürst and Christopher Seaman as part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program.

Andrew conducted the Flinders University Choral Society for six years and has conducted premier performances by many Australian composers.

Mark Joyner, Assistant Organist

Mark Joyner studied at the University of Melbourne, where his organ teachers were June Nixon at St Paul’s Cathedral and Lindsay O’Neill at St Andrew’s Brighton. Earlier, he was a chorister and then pupil and Assistant Organist to Paul Paviour at All Saints’ Cathedral Bathurst, NSW. Later he was Organist and Choirmaster at several churches, including Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta and St George’s Church Malvern, in Victoria. He is also a school music teacher and has taught at a number of schools. Prior to moving to Adelaide in 1999, he was Assistant Director of Music, Organist and Choirmaster at Melbourne Grammar School. Mark joined the staff at St Peter’s Cathedral in 2011.

David Heah, Sub Organist (Hon)

Appointed Sub Organist in 2016, David Heah has a long association with the music program at St Peter’s Cathedral. He joined the Cathedral Choir in 2000, becoming Head Chorister in 2004, and in doing so developed a passionate interest in both Anglican choral repertoire and organ music.

After matriculating David sought further musical challenges and, under the tutelage of Dr David Swale OAM (Organist Emeritus), returned to the Cathedral as an Organ Scholar in 2012. He has continued his studies under Dr Joshua van Konkelenberg from 2013. The scholarship provided David with opportunities to accompanying the choirs of the Cathedral in service and worship, as well as solo performances.

David studied a double engineering degree at the University of Adelaide and now works as a professional engineer in the petroleum industry.


David Swale AM, Organist Emeritus

David Swale was born in York, England, where from the age of 8, he sang in the York Minster Choir under the direction of Edward Bairstow. After military service in Palestine, and four years at Caius College, Cambridge, he taught at Christ’s Hospital in Sussex, and went from there to St Peter’s College in Adelaide. He taught musicology at Adelaide University, being for a time Dean of Music and later, of Performing Arts. David’s PhD study of Giovanni Legrenzi brought this music into the repertoire of the Cathedral Choir as well as increasing the body of knowledge about this important 17th century Italian composer. He was organist and director of music at St Peter’s Cathedral for 37 years and since retiring, has found much pleasure in being mentor to organ scholars, made possible through the Music Foundation. David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for services to music.

Shirley Gale, Organist Emeritus

Shirley was educated at the Methodist Ladies College and Adelaide University and studied organ under Dr J.V. Peters and piano under George Pearce and Lance Dossor. She has been an accompanist and organist for a number of Adelaide Choirs including the Adelaide Harmony Choir, and Pembroke School, including four overseas tours with Pembroke Girls Choir. She was the Chairperson for RSCM SA Branch for 9 years. Shirley was the Assistant Organist at St Peter’s Cathedral from 1984 until 1999 when she became Principal Organist. Shirley’s ambition is to see the complete restoration of the Cathedral Organ.