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Nov 16

Music Notes - December 2016

Welcome to our busiest month! Before we look forward to the musical delights in store this December, we cast our glance back over the last two months. In October, the concert Songs of Fire and Ice was well-received. The Choir certainly revelled in the chance to sing such wonderful music, especially the glorious 12-part Brumel mass. This is the first time it has been performed at St James’ (and probably even in Australia), and it was a revelation, not just in the cleverness of it’s complexity, but in its sheer beauty. Having sung this rarely performed 15th Century masterpiece, in November the choir then had the great pleasure of revisiting a 20th Century masterpiece - the Duruflé Requiem - sung for the service of All Souls. The same month contained another rare event: the combined choirs of St James’, St Andrew’s Cathedral, and St Mary’s Cathedral singing a service together. The occasion was the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music, held at St Mary’s Cathedral. This was a grand occasion, with the massed choirs filling the vast space with glorious sound. At the end of November, the service of Advent Lessons and Carols ushered in the new church year with varied music ranging from new works such as June Nixon Advent responsory and Paul Spicer There is a rose of such virtue to favourites like Handel And the glory of the Lord.

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Nov 16

Songs of Yule

5pm, Saturday 10 December

with Teddy Tahu Rhodes

and The Choir of St James'



Acclaimed baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes joins The Choir of St James’, directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones, for an irresistible feast of Christmas music, including pieces by Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and many others. Sparkling, festive music spanning five centuries in Sydney’s oldest and most beautiful church: don’t miss out!

Programme to include 

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Fantasia on Christmas Carols              

 RUTTER - A selection of Christmas carols

 HANDEL - Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah including‘The trumpet shall sound’

 FINZI -  In terra pax



Teddy Tahu Rhodes and The Choir of St James’

Alistair Nelson - organ

Warren Trevelyan-Jones - director


Award-winning artist Teddy Tahu Rhodes enjoys an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform. He has performed with, among others, the opera companies of San Francisco and New York, at the Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich, and Théâtre-du-Châtelet/Paris, as well with Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.


The Choir of St James’ is one of the finest choirs in the Australia and maintains a regular programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and tours. Earlier this year the choir made its first ever European tour, singing to great acclaim in London, Paris, Vienna and Rome.

Event details

Date: Saturday 10 December 2016

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: St James’ Church, 173 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000


Tickets: $50/45; to book call (02) 8256 2222, visitwww.cityrecitalhall.comor purchase on the door

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