St Francis' Choir

St Francis' Choir, Melbourne, Australia

Upholding 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 Haydn's Stabat Mater

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.

Best 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


Latest News

Celebrating Easter 2021
    Virtual Choir
Click the image below to view
   our Virtual Choir video for 
   Easter 2021


Music for Holy Week and
    Easter 2021 -
Details here

Celebrating 175 Years
Click the image below to
   a slideshow celebrating our rich
   musical history, as well as our
   2009 performance of Haydn's
    Stabat Mater
. (You'll find the
   text and translation here). 










St Francis' Choir - 326 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Victoria 3000     Tel: 03 9639 4560

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