St Johns East Malvern


Saint John’s is well known for its vibrant musical life. The Church has a choral tradition that stretches back to the late nineteenth Century. The Parish Choir sings at the Eucharist each Sunday at 9.30am and a wealth of talented artists grace special occasions and enhance our worshipping life. Saint John’s is a major performing arts venue in the community, with masterpieces of choral, vocal, and instrumental music regularly performed in the historic and resonant Church sanctuary.

The Saint John’s Choir

The Saint John’s Choir is a volunteer mixed ensemble that performs at a high level. The music at the sung service is immediate and accessible, drawing on the rich traditions of the past, while incorporating the best elements of contemporary congregational worship.

Membership of a liturgical choir can be a thrilling experience. If you are considering joining the Choir, rehearsals are held each Sunday morning at 8.30am, and more frequently before major festivals and events. Please contact Lachlan McDonald on 0488 278 139 to discuss your involvement and to arrange an audition.


Masterpieces of choral, vocal, and instrumental music are regularly performed in the resonant and historic Church sanctuary in Malvern East. The performances are of the highest quality, provided at an affordable price. Please see the Concerts page on this website for further information on Saint John’s 2010 Concert Series.

The Saint John’s Music Foundation

The John’s Music Foundation provides a helpful way to support the continuing excellence of the choir and music at Saint John’s. You can assist the growth of the Foundation by making a bequest or donation. Your gifts will not only nourish our programs today but help ensure that the great musical tradition of this Parish remains for generations to come. Please see the Foundation page for further information on how to make a bequest or tax-deductible donation.

The Church Organ

The organ at Saint John’s was built by Alfred Hunter of London (C1887), a friend of George Fincham. Fincham was interested in building his new instruments with tubular-pneumatic action and imported the Hunter instrument to study the construction of the tubular-pneumatic action. The new organ at Saint John’s was subsequently one of the first tubular-pneumatic organs in Australia. It was previously located in the Australian Church in Flinders Street, which offered the organ to Saint John’s for £410, when it was decided the Australian Church required a larger instrument. The organ was duly purchased and dedicated on 20 December, 1889. The two-manual organ was refurbished in 1963-64, and further additions have been made up to the present day, including the installation of a horizontal trumpet and pedal trombone rank in 2010.

Meditative Chant

Meditative singing is a way of listening to God. Using just a few words expressing a basic reality of faith, sung over many times, meditative singing quickly grasps the mind and penetrates the whole being. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together, and to remain together in attentive waiting on God, without having to fix the length of time too exactly. Meditative chants from various religious communities and traditions are used regularly in worship at Saint John’s, most often on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Occasional practices are held for those wishing to learn meditative chanting.

Organ Pipes