Sydney Organ Competition
Bernard Kirkpatrick is a well known Sydney organist and choral director. He received his early music training in Tasmania before moving to Sydney in 1984 and commencing organ studies with Sydney City Organist, Robert Ampt. As a music undergraduate, he was the Organ Scholar at The University of Sydney.
After winning the senior section of the 1988 Sydney Organ Competition, Bernard was
appointed Assistant Organist of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. (1988-
In 2008, he was invited to be the organist for the World Youth Day Mass celebrated in Sydney by Pope Benedict XVI at Randwick. He is currently Organist and Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta and Music Director of the Good Shepherd Seminary in the Archdiocese of Sydney. In 2021 Bernard was awarded a Papal Knighthood in the Order of St. Sylvester by Pope Francis, in recognition of his contribution to sacred music.