The next Tower open day will be on Sunday afternoon, 24 November 2019, 12 noon - 4pm. Free for Friends' members and children aged 6 - 12; nominal charge for others. Includes panorama on level 3 and observation deck on level 4. This is a rare opportunity to climb an original 19th century tower to enjoy a panoramic view of Melbourne from the Bay to the Dandenongs. (Note: ascent to levels 3 and 4 involves ladders, so ladies should wear trousers, not skirts. All should wear closed footwear, not thongs.)
If you can't be there but would like a personal guided tour, and have between 5 and 12 persons in your group, contact us via the Contact page.
From time to time we'll list other events which might be of interest to the Friends and their friends.
An organ recital with a difference will be held at St Peter's Eastern Hill on Sunday 10 November (note change of date) at 4.30pm. This will be a fundraiser for repair of the notable Willis organ at Wangaratta's Anglican Cathedral, sadly damaged by rats. Not one, but three prominent organists - Rhys Arvidson, Hugh Fullarton and Nick Owens, with guest cellist Nick McManus. Book online at www.trybooking.com/BEPHF .
Keep the date free! On Sunday evening, 8 December 2019, there will be a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Auburn Uniting Church. The occasional choir will be conducted by Anne Williams PSM, formerly director of the noted Eltham East Primary School Choir. The organist will be Margaret Pettitt.
The auditorium at Auburn Uniting Church is available for recitals, concerts, lectures and presentations. Full details are on the Congregation's website. The auditorium, seating 400, is in the amphitheatre style, with a sloping floor and excellent acoustics and sightlines. The choir and dais accommodate a choir of up to 60, and a small orchestra. Keyboard instruments provided are the original Fincham organ, of three manuals and pedals, and a Kawai KG-1 grand piano. Both are regularly maintained and tuned to concert pitch (A = 440). Another piano, a Rönisch upright grand, is located in the rehearsal/warmup room.