Lunchtime Concert Series

Join us for our “virtual” lunchtime concert series! Each month we will stream one concert on a Saturday afternoon from one of our regular Lunchtime Concert Performers for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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

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 ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert

July 18th – Jenny Lu (piano)
Performing works by Russian greats Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Medtner.

Jenny Lu is a pianist based in Victoria, Australia. She has completed her Masters research candidature at Monash University, under the supervision of Dr Joel Crotty,  Professor Margaret Kartomi and Dr. Tamara Smolyar. Her undergraduate and postgraduate piano performance studies have been conducted under the nurturing tutelage of Dr. Tamara Smolyar. Jenny’s research concerns the concept of narrativity in music and the compositions of the Anglo-Russian composer, Nikolai Medtner.

Jenny performs as a soloist and a chamber musician with an array of repertoire and is always grateful for more along her journey through the labyrinth of music. Jenny’s academic excellence has been recognised with scholarships and prizes such as the Joan Earle Prize for best performance (2019, 2017), First Class Honours (2016) and the Monash Scholarship for Excellence and Equity (2013-2015).

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Jenny is also a sought after accompanist, performing alongside choirs and soloists in auditions, competitions, concerts and exams.

August 12th – Amogh Ananth (violin)

October 14th – Adam Simmons (woodwinds)

November 18th – Meredith Connie (guitar)

Previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert

June 20th premiering at 2pm
Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone, compositions) and Gideon Brazil (flute, saxophones).
Gideon and Elissa will perform a selection from Heinrich Biber’s passacaglia, Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies, and Elissa’s Gene Tree Project. The Gene Tree Project is inspired by climate science and the themes of resilience, adaptation and extinction.

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.

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