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Music in the City

Parliament House


saturday 7 july

Music in the City is a free, day-long celebration of chamber music in the live music capital of Australia. These concerts provide an opportunity to relax and reflect in the beautiful surrounds of iconic Melbourne venues that you might not have had a chance to visit.

Hear as some of the competing ensembles perform their choice of repertoire. Perfect for those who wish to follow a curated program or encounter music spontaneously. All are welcome, entry is free and there’s no need to register.

11.30am Queen’s Hall, Parliament House
Spring Street, East Melbourne

The day begins with a string quartet performance in the majestic space and grandeur of the Queen’s Hall. Built in 1879, the Hall has hosted parliamentary receptions, formal banquets, opening night festivities and major forums for respected political leaders. Portraits of former Victorian Premiers line the walls. This space is not usually open to the public. Please arrive at least  15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to clear security.

1.30pm Royal Society of Victoria
8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Home of Victoria’s science community, The Royal Society is the State’s oldest learned society and a part of Australia’s intellectual life since 1854. A string quartet will perform in the Burke and Wills Room, named after the famous explorers and rich in the history of their final expedition.

3.00pm Atrium, Federation Square
Swanston Street, Melbourne

The Atrium is a galleria-like structure of glass and steel that provides an impressive indoor/outdoor venue for performances by two piano trios. Nestled between The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Flinders Street and the undulating Federation Square and surrounded by busy cafes and bars, it’s a quintessential Melbourne spot to end the day.


Musica Viva would like to acknowledge the following for their generous support in providing performance venues for Music in the City, and giving the people of Melbourne free access to live chamber music at its finest:

The Honorable Bruce Atkinson, MLC President of the Legislative Council - Queen’s Hall at Parliament House, Melbourne
Mike Flattley, CEO - The Royal Society of Victoria

Music in the City is proudly sponsored in part by ‘House for Music’, a group of dedicated volunteers lead by Ms Alla Petrov, who have hosted chamber music house parties in support of career development for