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.
2019 Lunchtime Concert Series
1pm on Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated)
20 March: Timothy Chiang, piano recital
Performing works by Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Scriabi
27 March: Katherine Norman and Kristy Biber
The sopranos of the Consort of Melbourne perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
3 April: Elissa Goodrich (vibraphone) & Adam Simmons (shakuhachi, saxophones & bass clarinet)
Perform repertoire from the Gene Tree Project – New music inspired by climate science and the themes of resilience, adaptation and extinction.
17 April: Trinity Singers, conducted by Alasdair Stretch
A chamber group from the Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, perform music for Passiontide
1 May: Hans Uwe Hielscher, organ recital
“Cool Brittania” – Entertaining Organ Music from Great Britain
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 three 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.