St Johns East Malvern

Concerts

Saint John’s is a major performing arts venue in the Stonnington municipality. Masterpieces of choral, vocal, and instrumental music are regularly performed in the resonant and historic Church sanctuary in East Malvern. The performances are of the highest quality, provided at an affordable price.

Saint John’s Foundation

Saint John’s actively promotes the development and appreciation of music and the visual arts in the Stonnington community and has established a tax-deductible fund to further its work in this area. The Saint John’s Foundation offers supporters the opportunity to help nourish and extend these programs. Please The Foundation page on this website for information on how to support this work and partner in our mission.

Visit us again for details of further performances at Saint John’s. You can subscribe to receive email notifications of upcoming events at concerts@saintjohns.org.au.

Recent Concerts

Over the past few years, Saint John’s has presented a richly varied program of music from the late middle-ages to the present day, including

Quartz Quartet ‘The Moon and I’

A delightful afternoon of beautiful Chamber music with one of Australia’s most refreshing and exciting quartets, Quartz in the resonant music space at Saint John’s. Having recorded for the Tall Poppies label in 2013, Quartz has quickly enjoyed success on the concert stage, with performances this year at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Medley Hall, and around Australia. Presenting the String Quartet “From the Monkey Mountains” by Pavel Hass and the Quartet No.2 from “Intimate Letters” by Leoš Janá?ek it was a splendid afternoon of inspiring music!

Stefan Cassomenos at Saint John’s

Vine, Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev

The performance featured Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer, Stefan Cassomenos, in concert on our new Kawai Concert Grand Piano. The recital presented a mixed program of Vine, Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev. It was a thrilling and inspiring performance! T

Salon de Musique

Brahms Piano Trio

Debussy Sonata for Piano and Violin

Stefan Cassomenos – Monica Curro – Michelle Wood

The performance featured Melbourne pianist, conductor and composer, Stefan Cassomenos, in concert with the Melbourne Symphony’s Monica Curro – violin and Michelle Wood – cello, playing the Brahms Piano Trio, Debussy Sonata for Piano and Violin, and other solo classical novelties of the chamber repertoire.

Brothers in Arms

Songs and Reflections from the Dark Days of War

Featuring Sally-Anne Russell, Felicity Baldock, Phoebe Briggs on piano, and 3AW’s Chris Ryan, ‘Brothers in Arms’ presented an afternoon of musical curios and reflections that sustained a generation through difficult times. The audience relived the spirit and mood of Europe’s dark days with inspiring and enduring songs from Vera Lynn, Ivor Novello, Gracie Fields, and the women and men in uniform.

Tonos Humanos

Songs of Spain and Italy for voice and guitar

TONOS HUMANOS – Songs of Spain and Italy for voice and guitar – featured Siobhan Stagg, soprano and Geoffrey Morris on guitar, presenting rarely heard songs from the Spanish baroque composer Jose Marin (1618-1699) whose music was only matched by his infamy. Convicted of murder and theft, this defrocked priest left a treasure-trove of captivating songs. Romantic songs by Vincente Martin y Soler and Federico Moretti were interspersed with guitar solos by Gaspar Sanz and Fernando Sor to round off a fine afternoon of music making.

Christmas Delights

Christmas Delights was a glorious offering of seasonal delicacies and delights! Accompanied by Alannah Guthrie-Jones on harp, Felicity and Sally-Anne performed traditional and modern Christmas carols. And thanks be to Santa! There were more surprises, as 3AW’s Christopher Ryan was our guest MC and poetry reader extraordinaire!

Keyboard and Pipes

A diverse program of music displaying the versatility of Saint John’s wonderful Parish organ, including works by Franck, Bach, and Buxtehude. The concert featured Saint John’s three resident organists, Bruce Fethers, Yi-Shuen Chan, and David Brennan, along with guest organist Jennifer Chou of Saint John’s in Camberwell.

Classically British

Classically British, featured English Song Cycles and Folksongs accompanied by lute and piano, including Purcell, Head, and Walton. Artists include the Australian Opera’s Sally Anne Russell, Felicity Baldock, Soprano, accompanied by Linda O’Brien on piano, with special guest Samantha Cohen on lute.

Bridge to Tchaikovsky

Orchestra 21, returned to Saint John’s for a performance of some of the most glorious music written for string orchestra from the Romantic period and the 20th Century. Under the baton of Orchestra 21 Artistic Director Raymond Yong, the concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Serenade for Strings, together with Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky by Arensky, the Suite for String Orchestra by Bridge, and Meditation on an Old Bohemian Carol by Suk.

Musica Romantica – Music for the Senses!

Musica Romantica – Music for the senses, featured romantic songs from Venice and Italy and the thrill of acoustic guitar from Spain, including Rossini, Da Falla and Rodrigo. The concert featured the Australian Opera’s Sally Anne Russell, Felicity Baldock, Soprano, accompanied by Andrea Katz on piano, with special guest Geoffrey Morris on guitar.

Brahms and Schubert Lieder

A superb concert of Brahms and Schubert Lieder, including Zigeunerlieder and Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, featuring Sally Anne Russell and Felicity Baldock. The performance also featured associate artists Phillipa Safey and Andrew Boyle.

‘The Divas and the Divos’

Featuring the Cantus Caritas choir and artofsound Chamber Orchestra, the program included opera favourites from Alcina by Handel, Don Pasquale by Donizetti, The Magic Flute by Mozart, and Madama Butterfly by Puccini.

Schubert Mass No. 2 in G major

The performance of the stirring Schubert Mass No. 2 in G major at the 9.30am Eucharist featured the Cantus Caritas and Saint John’s Choirs, accompanied by the Artofsound Chamber Orchestra.

Spring at Saint John’s

Saint John’s welcomed the rising of Spring with the Donizetti String Quartet playing “La Primavera” (Spring) from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.

‘The Wonder of Amadeus Mozart’

Featuring Mozart’s Sympony No.28 in C Major and the Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major, with young virtuoso Matt Kneale. The program also included Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.20.

Midwinter Mass with Palestrina’s ‘Missa Brevis’

Saint John’s celebrated the coming of the Son at a mid-winter Mass featuring the beautiful music of Palestrina’s ‘Missa Brevis’. Featuring soloists from the Cantus Caritas choir.

Masters of the Baroque

A wonderful Chamber Music Concert featuring Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with mezzo-soprano Sally-Ann Russell, Marcello’s Concerto for oboe in D minor, Erbarme dich, from St. Matthew’s Passion, and Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo

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