Byzantine Music is the sacred music used in the Eastern Orthodox Church. It was developed in the early days of the Church. It was further developed through the centuries especially during the Byzantine Empire. However, throughout time it has remained monophonic, where all the chanters follow one melodic line. It is also strictly only for the human voice hence no musical instruments are used in our Church. Byzantine Music is based on eight tones (ήχους) which are used sequentially on an eight week cycle. Each tone has its own tonal qualities.
At St Nicholas, we continue the tradition of Byzantine Music. We are fortunate to have as the Head Chanter, Mr Evangelos Roussis who continues to pass down this tradition to the younger generations. Our left chanter, Nicholas, has been taught and inspired by Mr Roussis. Lessons are conducted weekly at our parish church, and people of any age group are encouraged to come and learn. Lessons are given free of charge and anyone interested can contact Mr Roussis: 0419 297 270