Each Sunday in Lent, hear St. Peter’s Choir singing works by living composer Margaret Rizza with guest instrumental soloists, including cellist Luke Severn (composer, performer) and oboist Greg Pharo (principal, Bendigo Symphony). Music for quiet meditation and spiritual reflection in an increasingly noisy world.

Margaret Rizza is a composer of religious music based in the UK. Born in 1929, Margaret Rizza only began to compose in 1997 following an illustrious career as an opera singer. Since then she has become a major personality in the world of Christian choral music with her music often featured on the daily prayer session, Pray As You Go online app.

In Margaret Rizza’s music, obbligato instrumental parts bring focus, contrast and energy to the warm and melodic choral and ensemble writing. This device has been used over centuries in the Catholic tradition, which has seen the rise (and fall) of virtuosic instrumental composers and performers.

Talented local musicians will feature a different musical instrument each Sunday with the series building to a concert presentation of selected works for choir and ensemble by Margaret Rizza on Saturday, 28 March to be held at St. Peter’s Parish Centre, 583 Toorak Road at 2 pm.

Sunday morning Mass is at 9.30 in the Parish Centre, located in the award winning Benson Apartments at 583 Toorak Road, Toorak. Each Sunday a variety of music is used to support Mass, including hymns, with work by Margaret Rizza at communion.

St. Peter’s Church is currently closed for major renovations. Work on the church is expected to be completed mid to late 2020 with a special Mass for re-dedication and other musical events to be announced. The organ is undergoing considerable cleaning and renovation by Australian Pipe Organs.

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St. Peter’s 2020 Lenten music series is designed for slow-release over the five Sundays of Lent and showcased as a concert event on Saturday, 28 March at 2pm.

“Music that is exquisitely beautiful and deeply spiritual. Listening to it and, I strongly suspect, performing it may well bring to mind verse 11 from Psalm 46 – ‘Be still and know that I am God’”. Worship Magazine, USA

Daniel Brace, “a musical director of remarkable panache and aptitude.” (Sydney Catholic)