A series of lunchtime concerts was launched in April 2013 to encourage city workers and others to come into and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral during the day. These half hour recitals at 1pm on Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated) provide fine music and space for contemplation in the midst of a busy week. Admission is by donation.
*NB 1.15pm start* 12 September: Paul Glass, piano recital
Featuring Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C minor Op 111
26 September: Callum Close, organ recital
Featuring works by Bridge, Saint-Saens, David German and Franck’s mighty third chorale.
3 October: Arwen Hur, organ recital
Featuring Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande Suite transcribed for organ by L Robilliard.
31 October: TBC
7 November: Emily Holland, Soprano
14 November: Arwen Hur, organ recital
Featuring French Christmas music including Messiaen’s Dieu parmi nous and other movements from La Nativite.
21 November: Josh Hooke, piano recital
28 November: Elissa Goodrich, vibraphone
5 December: Westgarth Ensemble
“All the Ladies” – a Baroque concert featuring three sopranos and a cellist.
Whilst St Paul’s Cathedral is able to provide a venue, concert management, administrative support and advertising for our series of lunchtime concerts, we are not in a position to provide fees for artists – your donations provide these small gifts. If we cannot provide artists with at least a token of our appreciation, we will not be able to attract artists to perform for us. Rather than charge set prices for admission, we have decided to admit people by donation, so that those who could not otherwise afford to come are able to do so. We suggest a minimum donation of $5 per person and thank you for your generosity in helping to keep our lunchtime recitals running.
If you are a skilled musician, either Melbourne-based or visiting, you are welcome to apply to perform a lunchtime concert, by contacting the director of music, Philip Nicholls. As much notice as possible is beneficial, as the program is often filled three months in advance. We do not have an audience ‘on-tap’, and we are reliant upon performers to help build an audience, so audiences can range greatly in size depending on many factors, including the weather.