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.
12 February: Sofija Kirsanova, violin (LATVIA)
Sofija will perform selected highlights from the Latvian classical violin repertoire, accompanied by Jakub Kurek
19 February: no recital
*1.30pm start* 26 February: Emily Holland, soprano
Emily sings Mozart’s exciting ‘Exsultate Jubilate’ and other uplifting spiritual works.
4 March: Arwen Hur, organ
Arwen plays organ works and transcriptions by Liszt, Bach and Vierne
11 March: Donna Coleman, piano
Internationally renowned concert pianist presents “White Girls Wrote Ragtime and Other Music,” featuring works by Clara Wieck, Amy Cheney Beach, Ruth Crawford, May Aufderheide, and Irene Giblin.
18 March: William Jack, cello
William performs his own compositions as well as music by Matthias Bartolomey, Svante Henryson, Oasis and Red Hot Chili Peppers – all solo cello!
25 March: Josh Hooke, organ
1 April: Katherine Norman & Kristy Biber, soprano duo
Sopranos of the Consort of Melbourne, accompanied by Michael Fulcher, perform stunning duets from Purcell, Bach, and Monteverdi
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.