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
Join us for our upcoming Lunchtime Concerts. Bookings are for contact tracing purposes only – QR Code Check-in is also available. Entry is by donation.
7 April • Meredith Connie, classical guitar
Meredith Connie, classical guitar, and Christelise de Graaf, soprano perform beautiful and rarely heard gems for guitar and voice.
14 April • Christopher Cox, tenor, and Coady Green, piano
Works by Purcell, Vaughan-Williams, Gurney, Howells, Finzi and Britten in a collection of popular English songs.
21 April • Arwen Hur, organ
28 Apri • Westgarth Ensemble – 4 female vocalists with cellist Fiona Piggott
Madrigals and part-songs about the natural world by Monteverdi, Gibbons, Desprez and others.
5 May • no concert
12 May • Josh Hooke, piano
19 May • Colin Andrews, organ
26 May • Alexandra Mathew, contralto, & Hugh Fullarton, piano
Previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert
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.