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Opera in the Bowl
Opera Australia
Free Organ Recital
St Michael's Church
Thursday lunchtimes

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Free & Low-Cost Classical Music Concerts in Melbourne

Free Concerts in Melbourne

Classical Music

Concerts and performances
Performing venues

Some forthcoming performances in Melbourne:

Mazda Opera in The Bowl

Opera in The Bowl

It’s a Saturday evening in summer. You’re sitting in a park with family and friends, and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is complete when the glorious live music from Opera Australia begins.

Hear our brightest stars, under the stars, sing opera's most famous arias with the magnificent backing of Orchestra Victoria.

Dress up — or not — it's your night to enjoy the power of the human voice in the kind of communal, cultural celebration Melbourne loves best.

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Music Matinee: Free Scots' Church Lunchtime Concerts

Hands holding violins

Music Matinee present lunchtime concerts on selected Tuesdays through 2021. Concert are live & free although there is the opportunity to donate.

The purpolse of Music Matinee Inc. is to bring live and free inspirational music into the City of Melbourne and provide performance opportunities for talented musicians.

  • 2nd March Josh Hooke Piano
  • 6th April Kelsey Robinson Flute Jenny Lu piano accompaniment
  • 4th May Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School various items
  • 1st June Timothy Chiang Piano
  • 6th July Ken Murray Guitar
  • 20th July Australian National Academy of Music various items
  • 3rd August Berta Brozgul Piano
  • 17th August Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School various items
  • 7th September (timing to be confirmed) Karlsruher Konzert Duo Piano & Cello
  • 21 September (timing to be confirmed) Jenny Lu Piano
  • 5th October Partridge Group Quartet
  • 19th October Jonathan Xian Piano
  • 9th November Australian National Academy of Music various items
  • 16th November Douglas Lawrence Organ
  • 7th December Tony Gould Piano with others
  • 14th December T.B.A.

Entry from 12.20 pm, with the concert commencing at 1pm for an hour. No booking nor reserved seating all welcome. Covid protocol will be followed.

Full information on Scots’ Church concert website

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Free Organ Recital
Get away from the city bustle and enjoy a free organ recital in historic St Michael's Church. ..
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The Australian National Academy of Music hold many free concerts, and for those where ticket prices apply $5 student rush tickets are often available 15 minutes prior to the start of each concert. See more information at South Melbourne Town Hall.

Selected Sheet Music