Music plays an integral part in the worship of St Paul’s Cathedral. Since 1888, the Cathedral’s Choir of Boys and Men has been an important part of the musical life of our city. Since 2016, a new Choir of Girls, Women and Men shares in the musical leadership of our Cathedral. Three organists contribute to our rich musical tradition. 

The Cathedral’s musical life is coordinated by our Director of Music. A designated Music Foundation was established in 1993 to encourage philanthropic donors to ensure that the musical life of the Cathedral is resourced.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series

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.

Music Lists

Available Music Lists

Pentecost 11 – Martyrs of New Guinea: 25Aug-1Sep

Martyrs of New Guinea – Pentecost 13: 1-8Sep

Pentecost 13 – Pentecost 14: 8-15Sep

Pentecost 14 – Pentecost 15: 15-22Sep

Pentecost 15 – Michael & All Angels: 22-29Sep

Michael & All Angels – Pentecost 17: 29Sep-6Oct

Pentecost 17 – Pentecost 18: 6-13Oct

Pentecost 18 – Pentecost 19: 13-20Oct

The T C Lewis Organ

St Paul’s Cathedral is fortunate to have a very fine pipe organ which accompanies the choir at choral services. The organ was built by T C Lewis and Co of Brixton, England, and over six and half thousand pounds were spent on its construction, shipping and installation before it was played at the Cathedral’s opening in 1891.

The Music Foundation

Since 1993, St Paul’s Cathedral Music Foundation has supported the musical life of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne. In 2017, the Music Foundation made generous grants of $200,000 to support the Cathedral’s rich musical life. In 2018 we are hoping to increase that figure.

Cathedral Bells

The bells arrived in late August 1889, and were installed for the dedication service Friday, November 15 at 11am. and used to farewell the then Governor of Victoria Sir Henry Loch on that same day. The bells have been used since this time to ring for church services and civic occasions.