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.
The next concert series will commence in August 2017:
3 August Roman Salyutov, piano recital
9 August Hannah Gibson, organ recital
30 August Elissa Goodrich, percussion recital
20 September Jennifer Chou, organ recital
27 September Hans U. Hielscher, organ recital
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.