The Choir of St James’: European Choir Tour 2016

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The Choir of St James’, Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, March/April 2016 (photos: Chris Shain)


In March/April 2016, The Choir of St James’ embarked on its first ever tour to Europe, singing in some of the world’s most historic and iconic buildings and, as guests of the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, were involved in official ANZAC events in London. Click here to read the Choir’s travel blog.


Thursday 31 March                         
5:00pm Choral Evensong              Westminster Abbey

Friday 1 April                    
5:00pm Choral Evensong              Westminster Abbey                                                                                                                                                   

Saturday 2 April               
Noon Private Concert                    The Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London
3:00pm Choral Evensong              Westminster Abbey

Sunday 3 April  
10:00am Matins                             Westminster Abbey
11:15am Sung Eucharist
3:00pm Evensong

Monday 4 April                
5:00pm Sung Eucharist                 Westminster Abbey

Tuesday 5 April          
5:00pm Choral Evensong              Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 6 April
1pm Lunchtime Concert                 Winchester Cathedral
5:30pm Evensong

Thursday 7 April              
5:30pm Choral Evensong               Winchester Cathedral

Friday 8 April    
5.30pm Choral Evensong               Exeter Cathedral

Saturday 9 April               
4pm Evensong                                Exeter Cathedral

Sunday 10 April 
10:00 Sung Eucharist                     Exeter Cathedral
4:00pm Evensong

Tuesday 12 April     
11:00 Concert at Saint-Louis en l’Île tbc
5:00pm Concert                              Concert, La Madeleine

Wednesday 13 April      
11am                                               Concert, Notre-Dame
7:00pm Concert                              Valmondois (north-west of Paris)

Friday 15 April                  
Noon–2pm                                     Workshop with Professor Alois Glassner, Hochschule
7:30pm Concert                             Vocumenta Festival, Vienna (Kirche am Steinhof)                                                                                   

Sunday 17 April                               
10:15                                             Choral Eucharist, Stephansdom

Monday 18 April
8:30pm Concert                             Baldini Hall, Rome

Tuesday 19 April
6:00pm                                          Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, Norma

Wednesday 20 April      
9:00pm Concert                             Basilica of St Ignazio di Loyola, Campo Marzio, Rome

Thursday 21 April     
6:00pm                                          Ecumenical Evensong, Church of Caravita, Rome

Friday 22 April                                  
6:30pm                                          Basilica Cattedrale di Sant’Agapito Martire, Palestrina

Saturday 23 April                            
6:30pm                                          Recital and Cocktail Party, St Mary-le-Bow                        

Monday 25 April
12 noon                                          ANZAC Commemoration Service, Westminster Abbey


Here is a short video promoting our first European Tour and our fundraising campaign, with footage of the choir in rehearsal and performance, as well as interviews with the Rector, the Head of Music and several choristers:

We are hugely grateful to those who have expressed an interest in contributing to our fundraising. We are also very grateful to the St James’ Music Foundation for their ongoing support of our music ministry.



Mr Doug Jones AO & Ms Janet Walker


Mr James Allington & Mrs Maura Allington, Mr Trevor Bailey & Ms Sasha Shearman, Mrs Christine Bishop, Dr Sid Blairs & Mrs Doris Blairs, Dr William Brooks, Mr Peter Bullard & Mrs Lillian Bullard, Judge Richard Cogswell SC & Mrs Ann Cogswell, Professor Geoffrey Cooper, Mr Michael Crouch AO & Mrs Shanny Crouch, Mr John Elliston AM & Mrs Joan Elliston AM, Dr Annabelle Farnsworth, Adjunct Professor Hugh Harley & Mrs Anne Harley, Associate Professor Michael Horsburgh AM & Mrs Bev Horsburgh, Mr Robert Marriott & Ms Katie Lahey AM, Mr Alf Moufarrige, The Hon Moreton Rolfe QC & Mrs Frances Rolfe, The Reverend Andrew Sempell & Mr Rosemary Sempell, Mr Alan Simpson BEM & Mrs Beverley Simpson, Mr John Wotton, Friends of Music at St James’ and the St James’ Music Foundation.