Lunchtime Concert Series

Virtual Lunchtime Concerts

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.

The concert will be broadcast on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel, as well as being available here on the website.

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

November 14th, 2pm Meredith Connie (classical guitar)

Meredith Connie is a Classical Guitar performer, composer and teacher and she will be performing “An Historical Tour of the Guitar.”

Starting at the Renaissance and finishing in the 21st century, this short tour of the guitar will feature works that have been inspired by the Melbourne lockdown, both because of the thematic material of the works and because of Meredith’s own personal research during this period.  The program includes some fantastic works by historical women composers for the guitar.  Composers featured are John Dowland, Giuseppe Brescianello, Sidney Patten, Emilia Giuliani, Meredith Connie and Bartolome Calatayud.   

December 19th, 2pm Kevin Chow (piano)

The concert will be broadcast on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel, as well as being available here on the website.

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.

Oct 31st – Adam Simmons (flute, saxophones, shakuhachi)

Songs of Solace – Adam Simmons (alto & tenor saxophones, shakuhachi)
Adam will perform a selection of original compositions interspersed with eclectic contributions by Krzysztof Komeda, Merle Haggard and Indonesia’s Sisir Tanah. Adam’s unique approach to the saxophone as both a melodic and textural instrument will reverberate in the beautiful space of St Paul’s Cathedral to create a beautifully lyrical and meditative concert.

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.

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