a tradition of musical excellence for over 150 years
Friends of St Francis' Choir,
I trust this
finds you well in these difficult days as together
we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the
challenges we face is the inability to worship
together, normally a great comfort in times of
adversity. St Francis' Church has been closed
since 13 March, and as you know, all public
worship has been suspended indefinitely. All St
Francis' Choir activities have also been suspended
and sadly the ceremonies of Holy Week and Easter
will not take place this year. This has also meant
cancelling the services of the many fine musicians
who would normally make these services so
powerful. This is a particularly sad state of
affairs in the choir's 175th anniversary year, but
one that is beyond our control.
with the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, we hope
that some simple liturgies will be able to be
streamed during Holy Week. Please check www.stfrancismelbourne.com
for further information.
In the meantime,
the choir joins with me in thanking you most
sincerely for your ongoing support and wishing you
good health and every blessing during these
While we are
prevented from performing live, we do hope that
you enjoy our 2009 performance of Haydn's Stabat
Mater. (You'll find the text and translation
We look forward
to the day when St Francis' will once again be
filled with glorious music.
With all good
Director of Music
St Francis' Choir sings
at the historic St Francis' Church in Melbourne,
Australia, on the corner of Lonsdale and Elizabeth
Streets. The choir sings at the 11 a.m. Sunday Eucharist.
The choir sings a range of Masses and motets, sometimes
accompanied by the Symphonia of Melbourne or Canzona
Brass, and with eminent soloists. While the great Masses
of such composers as Haydn, Schubert, Gounod and Mozart
are in the Choir’s repertoire, the choir also sings the
works of modern composers, including Australian composers.
We hope that St Francis’
is a place where people from all walks of life will feel
welcome and draw from the liturgy and its music a sense of
the closeness and otherness of God. The great heritage of
church music, has something wonderful to say to the human
spirit, something words alone cannot say.
Director of Music—Tony
Assistant Director of Music—Anthony Halliday