The annual Orchestral Masses were held in January 2017. Click here to view the Gallery.

On Sunday, 15 January, The Choir of St James’ and The Academy of St James’ performed Schubert’s Mass in G. Soloists were Josi Ellem (former Choral Scholar), Chris Shain and Nick Dinopoulos. The motets were di Lasso’s Omnes de saba venient and Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium. Click here for the sermon by The Rev’d Andrew Sempell, Rector.

Jan Dilmas Zelenka’s Missa Paschalis was performed on Sunday, 22 January and The Choir of St James’ was joined by Australian Baroque Brass. The soloists were Anna Sandstrom, Roberta Diamond, Nyssa Milligan, Luke Iredale and Simon Turnill. The motets were Victoria’s Regina caeli, laetare, and Handel’s Zadok, the Priest. Associate Professor Michael Horsburgh’s sermon, directly referencing the Mass setting, can be read here.

On the final Sunday of the Orchestral Mass season, 29 January, members of The St James’ Singers sang with The Choir of St James’ to present Dvorak’s Mass in D, accompanied by The Academy of St James’. Soloists were Josi Ellem, Nicole Smeulders, Christopher Watson (DOM Trinity College, Melbourne), and Philip Murray. The motets were O sacrum convivium by Owen Elsley (a member of The Choir of St James’) and S.S. Wesley’s Blessed be the God and Father.

We are grateful to the many people who have donated, including the St James’ Music Foundation, without whose generosity these unique and soul-stirring events would not be possible.