For many thousands of years music has played an important role in the functioning of society. No human culture appears to be without music. Singing in particular, seems to be universal. Music is invariably expressed in relation to religion. Each week the music program at St Michael’s brings us some of the best musicians and music that Australia has to offer to enrich our experience during Sunday services and special events.
Choral Singing at St Michael’s
A small professional ensemble of singers, known as the St Michael’s Singers has been formed to sing during special services throughout the year.
Visiting choirs also enrich worship at St Michael’s. Visiting choirs have included the Choir of Trinity College from the University of Melbourne, The Australian Chamber Choir, the Eltham East Primary School Choir, the Choir of the Scots’ Church Melbourne and The Consort of Melbourne.
Instrumental Music at St Michael’s
As has been the tradition at St Michael’s, a wide variety of musicians perform during our Sunday services. In selecting guest artists, great attention has been paid to sourcing the highest quality performers from a wide variety of fields.
Please check your orders of service each week to see who will be performing the following Sunday or go to our go to our events page.
Thursday Lunchtime Recitals
We are pleased to announce that world renowned organist and composer Hans Uwe Hielscher from Germany will be performing at St Michael’s Uniting Church.
When: Thursday 2 May 2019, 1:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm)
Christopher Tambling (1964–2015)
Théodore Salomé (1834–1896)
Enrico Pasini (1935–)
Hans Uwe Hielscher (1945–)
About our visiting Organist:
Hans U. Hielscher has been organist at the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden (Lutheran Cathedral of Nassau), Germany, since 1979. His studies were at the Detmold State Academy of Music and in Paris/Rouen, France. He also studied carillon at The Nederlandse Beiaardschool in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Hans has presented more than 3,500 organ recitals around the globe, his concert tours have taken him to all European countries, the United States (61 US tours), Bahamas, Israel, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. He has been featured on radio and TV broadcasts, 22 CD recordings on the Motette, Wergo, IFO, Lade labels and is the author of the books Alexandre Guilmant – Life and Work, Famous Organs in the USA, The Organ of Wiesbaden Marktkirche.
He is a published composer of some 50 works for organ. Hans has been honored by the French government in Paris for his worldwide engagement in French organ music and nominated Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.
Every Thursday at 1.00pm, the St Michael’s carillon is sounded and the grand organ comes to life for a free 30 minute recital. St Michael’s organist Rhys Boak and visiting artists, bring the joy and beauty of live music to many Melbournians and visitors.
The recitals have been running for more than ten years. They are well attended with a crowd who keep coming back and it’s not surprising given the calibre of our guest artists and the programs presented by Manager of Music, Rhys Boak. We invite you to join us and discover an inspirational moment in your week.
Please check your orders of service each week to see who will be performing the following Thursday or go to our go to our events page.
Music on Sundays
St Michael’s has seen the following artists perform during Sunday Service:
- Greta Bradman – Soprano
- The late Geoffrey Tozer
- Joe Chindamo – Piano
- Zoe Black – Violin
- Amir Farid – Piano
- Siobhan Stagg – Soprano
- Jerzy Kozlowski – Bass
- Miwako Abe – Violin
- The Australian Chamber Choir
- Zoe Knighton – Cello
- Geoffry Payne – Trumpet
- The Flinders Quartet
- Frederick Shade – Piccolo
- Noriko Tadano – Syamisen
- The Eltham East Prinary School Choir led by Anne Williams
- The Choir of Hard Knocks led by Jonathan Welch (recipient of the 2007 St Michael’s Medallion)
- Julie Raines – Harp
To see the current guest musicians for Thursday Organ Recitals and Sunday services, please go to our events page.
*Please note upcoming music may be subject to change.