Date: Wednesday 28 March
Time: 1:15pm – 1:45pm
Place: St James’ Church
Music for Holy Week
The Choir of St James’
The Choir of St James’ is one of the oldest musical establishments in Australia, and is linked to the earliest days of the colony of New South Wales. Indeed, some of its early members were convicts. For much of its almost two hundred years of ministry the Choir has been regarded as one of Australia’s foremost Anglican choirs.
This has continued to the present day, where uniquely in Sydney, the Choir consists of around a dozen professional adult singers. The Choir maintains a regular schedule of weekly choral services in addition to special services, including state funerals. It has become known and highly regarded for its artistically outstanding performances, from small choral pieces to large-scale choral and orchestral works. The Choir presents an annual series of three Orchestral Masses in January, and a Concert Series of six concerts throughout the year.
The Choir enjoys regular collaborations with international groups such as The Tallis Scholars, The King’s Singers, The Gabrieli Consort, and works with Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Baroque Brass, The Australian Haydn Ensemble, and soloists Yvonne Kenny, Greta Bradman and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
The Choir of St James’ has a large and varied repertoire, both sacred and secular, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the contemporary, and it is committed to supporting new Australian works, including compositions written by past and present members of the Choir – there is no other choir in Australia that fosters local talent in this way. It also undertakes a comprehensive programme of recording, broadcasting and touring (interstate and overseas) and made its debut at City Recital Hall in April last year, performing J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Baroque ensemble, BachBand@StJames’.
In late April, the Choir will return to Gallipoli to sing at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service as guests of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Warren Trevelyan-Jones was appointed Head of Music at St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney in 2008, and is regarded as one of the leading choral conductors and choir trainers in Australia. He began his singing career as a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk in Exeter Cathedral Choir, graduating in music at the University in 1988. In 1993, he qualified as a music therapist at Bristol University and became a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, combining freelance singing with work in music therapy. Warren has had an extensive singing career as a soloist and ensemble singer in Europe, including nine years in the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and regular work with the Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Vocale (Ghent), the Taverner Consort, The Kings Consort, Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars. He has appeared on over 60 CD recordings, numerous television and radio broadcasts, and in many of the world’s leading music festivals and concert halls.
Warren founded the Gramophone award-winning group Ensemble Plus Ultra with Dr Michael Noone in 2001. In 2008 he founded The Consort of Melbourne with Peter Tregear, and has directed them in a series of concerts at the new Melbourne Recital Centre and for Music Viva Australia.
In September 2017, Warren was appointed Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.