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.
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
Unfortunately due to the ongoing Stage 4 restrictions here in Melbourne we currently unable to present our virtual Lunchtime Concerts. Keep following our page for details on the return to our concert program.
- Adam Simmons (flute, saxophones, shakuhachi) – Date TBC
- Meredith Connie (classical guitar) – Date TBC
- Emma Warburton (contralto) – Date TBC
Previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert
June 20th – Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone, compositions) and Gideon Brazil (flute, saxophones).
Gideon and Elissa 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.
July 18th – Sleepers, Wake! – A piano recital with Jenny Lu
Inspired by Andrew Schultz’s Sleepers Wake – Karalananga, this concert explores the themes of dream and night, morning and hope. It opens with luscious nocturnes from Chopin and Debussy and examines Shostakovich’s declaration of defiance of humanity in calamity through a set of dark and solemn Prelude and Fugue. The second half of the recital welcomes Schultz’s Sleepers Wake, which gives a glimpse of J.S. Bach’s chorale Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Awake, the voice is calling us). The concert concludes in a quest for hope through Medtner’s Sonata-Tragica (Tragic Sonata).
August 15th: Amogh Ananth (violin) & Harrison Lam (piano)
Performing works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendlessohn and Dvorak.
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.