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.


Our Girls’ Voices Patron

In May 2018, Dr Deborah Cheetham AO accepted the Dean’s offer to become the Patron of the Girls’ Voices of the Cathedral choir. Dr Cheetham – a proud Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator – has been a leader in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

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 on Wednesdays at 1pm provide fine music and space for contemplation in the midst of a busy week. Admission is by donation.

Concerts will be occasionally broadcast on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel, as well as being available here on the website. Please check the schedule for which concerts will be streamed.

Help keep the music going! With a downturn in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your support in exchange for these concerts is most welcome.

The T C Lewis Organ

St Paul’s Cathedral is fortunate to have a very fine pipe organ that 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.

Various modifications and maintenance works have been carried out since then, culminating in a $726,000 restoration which was completed in 1990 with the help of a National Trust appeal. In 2021, a new organ blower was installed replacing the existing blower which had provided voice to the organ for more the 90 years. Read more about the project here.

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.

The Cathedral has one of the few peals of thirteen bells outside the British Isles. The bells were donated by Mr Thomas Dyer Edwardes, whose father had been a landowner in Victoria. The bells were cast in 1889 by the Mears and Stainbank foundry at Whitechapel, London. The total weight of 7 tons 3 cwt made them the heaviest ring from that foundry in the 19th Century and is the world’s second oldest complete ring of 12 bells.

The bells are a peal of 12 in C# with an additional G natural bell, so that a light 8 in G# can be rung as well as heavy 8, 10 or 12 bells in C#. The treble bell note is G# (1661 Hz).

The tenor bell bears the inscription:

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Thomas Dyer Edwardes
Donator 1889