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.
Upcoming Lunchtime Concerts
1pm on Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated)
1 May: Hans U Hielscher
“Cool Brittania” Entertaining organ music from Great Britain.
**Thursday 9 May: Roman Salyutov
Featuring beautiful works for piano by Chopin, Szymanowski, and Liszt.
22 May: Colin Andrews
Works for organ from Bach and Beethoven to Franck, Messiaen, and Sowerby.
29 May: Arwen Hur, organ recital, featuring Bach’s Passacaglia and Liszt’s Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen.
5 June: Andy Howlin’ Wind
Howlin’ aims to “give the flute a far more vocal, more passionate, and vastly more expressive sound” through a performance of his own compositions.
12 June: Christopher Cook
The earliest written down music for organ, through a transcribed Mozart commission for mechanical clock, to the varied fruits of the UK in the 20th century.
19 June: Jennifer Chou
Organ works by a diverse range of composers including Bach, Vierne, Erma Lee and Australian composer Robert Amp.
26 June: Trio Lorelei
“Songs of Peace” Vocal solos and duets accompanied by piano featuring composers such as Esenvalds, Barber, Britten, and Bellini.
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.