St Francis' Choir

St Francis' Choir, Melbourne, Australia

Upholding a tradition of musical excellence for over 150 years
Dear 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.

In co-operation with the Blessed Sacrament Congregation, we hope that some simple liturgies will be able to be streamed during Holy Week. Please check 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 testing times.

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 here).

We look forward to the day when St Francis' will once again be filled with glorious music.

With all good wishes,

Tony Way
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 Way
Assistant Director of Music—Anthony Halliday


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