Lunchtime Concert Series

Virtual Lunchtime Concerts

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.

Concert 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.

Upcoming Lunchtime Concerts

January 17th at 4pm • Amir Farid (Piano)
Live in the Cathedral & Online
Advance bookings for contact tracing purposes:

Join us for a special concert event on January 17th at 4pm featuring award winning pianist Amir Farid. Amir has been described as “a highly creative musician, a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding.”

Entry is by donation. Bookings are for contact tracing purposes only – QR Code Check-in is also available.
We are very excited to have Amir performing at the Cathedral and to let you know that you will be able to come and enjoy this concert in person!

The concert will also be broadcast on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel, as well as being available here on the website.

Previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert

December 19th, 2pm Kevin Chow (piano)

Kevin will perform works for piano by Beethoven and Liszt, finishing with Agosti’s transcription of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.

Watch previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concerts here on Youtube.

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 six 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.