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 on Wednesdays at 1pm provide fine music and space for contemplation in the midst of a busy week. Admission is by donation.
Concerts 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! In preparation for attending, please read through our COVID-19 Information available here.
In 2022, our lunchtime concert series takes place at 1pm Wednesdays (unless indicated otherwise)
11 May • Colin Andrews (organ)
British concert organist and former faculty member of Indiana and East Carolina Universities in the US, Colin Andrews resumes his international performing career with a rescheduled visit to Australia, performing a sumptuous banquet of French and English romantic organ works by Langlais, Howells and Bonnet.
18 May • Anna Gao (piano)
Summertime, joys, and evenings in Venice. Masterpieces of Chopin, Liszt, Fazil Say, and the Bach family.
25 May • Hugh Fullarton (organ)
A recital showing the rich colours and grandeur of the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral organ, with masterpieces by Saint-Saëns, Walton and Peter Hurford.
Supporting our artists
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
Interested in performing?
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.
Previous ‘Virtual’ Lunchtime Concert
During the COVID-19 Lockdown in 2020, the Cathedral broadcasted regular Virtual Lunchtime Concerts in support of local and international artists and musicians. You can watch a selection of the previous Virtual Lunchtime Concerts here on Youtube.