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 provide fine music and space for contemplation in the midst of a busy week. Admission is by donation.
1 March 1.30pm (Please note the later start time)
Janet Perkins Memorial Concert: Barry Fry, bass- baritone, and Kieran Crichton, associate artist (piano and organ).
Works by Mendelssohn, Parry, Vaughan Williams, Ivor Novello, Schumann, Fauré and Handel
8 March Elissa Goodrich, tuned percussion
15 March Music for St Patrick: Jacqui Rutten, composing singer and Livia Judge, flute
22 March No concert
29 March Organ recital by Roslyn Carolane, Cathedral Assistant Organist
No concerts in April. Next concert series will commence in May 2017.
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.