The Choir of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’ present a rare performance of George Frideric Handel’s beautiful L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (‘The Cheerful, the Thoughtful, and the Moderate Man’). As Handel immersed himself in London life and moved away from writing Italian Opera to concentrate on the demands of the English audience, be combined popular poetry by John Milton with some of his most ravishing music of extraordinary freshness and beauty to express man’s place in the world.
Vocal soloists include Amy Moore (soprano) and Richard Butler (tenor)
The Choir of St James’, directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones, with Organist, Alistair Nelson, performs music for Lent, and explores themes of captivity and freedom, personal struggle and renewal, with music by William Byrd, Philip Moore and many others. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed in a Nazi concentration camp in April 1945, only weeks before the camp was liberated. Philip Moore’s Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer captures the author’s faith and doubt, hope and despair. Similarly, the whole gamut of human emotion is on display in Byrd’s setting of Savonarola’s meditation on Psalm 51 Infelix ego as the Italian priest endured horrific torture and faced imminent death.
On Sunday 29 July 2018 (Patronal Festival Sunday) a Service to commemorate Australia’s First Peoples and the Eora Nation will be conducted at St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney at 4:00pm. The service will be led by the Rector of St James’, the Rev’d Andrew Sempell, assisted by Bishop Richard Hurford OAM, and Pastor Ray Minniecon, with music provided by The Choir of St James’ under the direction of Warren Trevelyan-Jones.
After a long consultation process, St James’ King Street is commissioning Dobson Pipe Organs Pty Ltd of Lake City Iowa to build a new organ. Elements of the existing organ that are salveagable will be incorporated into the instrument, will cost around $3 million to build and install.
Click here for a link to the video about the new organ.