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.
Upcoming Lunchtime Concerts
1pm on Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated)
We are excited to have a varied lineup for you over the next couple of months. Please see below for the full list of upcoming concerts. All begin at 1pm and run for approximately 30 minutes. Entry by donation.
30 October: Melbourne Conservatorium Chamber Choir, conducted by Nicholas Dinopoulos
6 November: Alessandra Garosi (piano) & Adam Simmons (saxophones, clarinets, shakuhachi)
Two extraordinary artists that have developed a strong musical bond between Italy and Australia since their 2009 meeting in Prague, performing a range of contemporary composed and original works for piano and woodwinds.
13 November: Jacqui Rutten (mezzo soprano) & Danae Killian (piano)
Featuring sacred, Celtic and classical music, including original vocal compositions by Jacqui Rutten, and Messiaen’s Premiere Communion de la Vierge.
20 November: Ros Carolane, organ recital
Works by Sowerby ( Magnificat – a canticle for organ) and Stanford (Sonata Eroica, Op. 151 – based on French tunes) will be played.
27 November: Arwen Hur, organ recital
A concert of French Christmas music.
4 December: Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone) & Gideon Brazil (saxophone, flute)
Performing works from the Gene Tree Project – new music inspired by climate science and themes of adaptation, extinction and resilience.
11 December: no recital
18 December: “Howlin’ Wind”, flute recital
International flute player and composer, Australia’s most innovative and expressive exponent of the flute, performs his own compositions.
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.