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 not necessary, however QR Code Check-in is required on entry to the Cathedral. Entry is by donation.
23 June • Amogh Ananth, violin & Nicholas Young, piano
Amogh and Nicholas will perform works by Mozart and Dvorak alongside Amogh’s own new composition for violin and piano, “The Raven.”
30 June • Jennifer Chou, organ
Jennifer presents a program of French organ music from the first half of the 20th century.
7 July • Hannah Shin, piano
14 July • Origami, jazz trio
Acclaimed trio Origami – Adam Simmons (alto saxophone, bass clarinet), Howard Cairns (double bass, concertina) and Hugh Harvey (drums) – will premiere Simmons’ new suite, Washi, an “art score” literally inspired by handmade Japanese paper.
21 July • Daniel Riley, compositions
Young Melbourne composer Daniel Riley presents a concert of his recent compositions.
28 July • Antoni Grzyb, piano
Also known as John Arthur Grant, Antoni will present solo piano material from his current album, and other introspective improvisations.
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.