|For many years St James’, King Street, has been at the centre of Sydney’s musical life, and never has that been more true than it is now, under the Choir’s inspiring director, Warren Trevelyan-Jones. Coming from London I was astonished by the vitality and impeccable professionalism of the performances. May this very high standard continue for many years more.”
|Peter Phillips, founder and director of The Tallis Scholars
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 and 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 of St James’ has a large and varied repertoire, both sacred and secular, encompassing music from the Middle Ages to the contemporary, and including recent Australian commissions and premieres. It also undertakes a comprehensive programme of recording (including six CDs to date), broadcasting and touring, including state, interstate and overseas tours. In recent years the Choir has performed in regional NSW, Melbourne and Singapore, and in early 2016 undertook its first European tour, including performances in London (Westminster Abbey), Paris (Notre-Dame), Vienna (Stephansdom) and Rome (San Ignazio).
Regular collaborations include ensemble work with The Tallis Scholars, The King’s Singers, The Hilliard Ensemble, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony, Australian Baroque Brass, The Australian Haydn Ensemble, St Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney), The Consort of Melbourne, and work with soloists Yvonne Kenny, Greta Bradman, Sally-Anne Russell and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
The Choir is available for recitals, sacred or secular. Please contact the Head of Music, for further details.
Head of Music: Warren Trevelyan-Jones
Organist: Alistair Nelson
Robert Blunden Organ Scholar: Titus Grenyer
Current permanent Choir members are:
Soprano: Amy Moore, Brooke Shelley
Alto: Alex Siegers, Pip Dracakis
Tenor: Owen Elsley, Luke Iredale
Bass: Philip Murray, Patrick Baker
Choral Scholars: Lauren White, Elise Morton
T: (02) 8227 1306/8 F: (02) 9232 4182