a tradition of musical excellence for over 175 years
|Dear Friends of St Francis’ Choir,
Having weathered the challenges of COVID-19 over the past twelve months, St Francis’ Choir is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead.
It is heartening to see worshippers returning to St Francis’ for in-person services and, in particular, to see music returning to the 11.30am Sunday Mass. More information about services, as well as links to broadcast liturgies can be found at
Details about the music for Holy Week and Easter services can be found
here. Amongst the highlights will be a performance of Pergolesi’s
Stabat Mater on Good Friday evening and festive music for Easter Day with soloists and string quartet.
We have also been preparing a virtual choir video for Easter, which we look forward to sharing with you from Easter Day. Please come back and visit this page again during the Easter season to view the video.
In the meantime, you can still watch the slideshow
celebrating the choir’s 175th anniversary, as well as listen to our 2009 performance of
The choir joins with me in wishing you every blessing as we celebrate Holy Week and Easter, and we thank you most sincerely for your ongoing support.
We look forward, as we are able, to filling St Francis’, once again, with uplifting liturgical music.
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