Head of Music

Warren Trevelyan-Jones was born in the United Kingdom, and began his singing career as a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk in Exeter Cathedral Choir, graduating in Music at the University in 1988. In 1993, he qualified as a music therapist at Bristol University and became a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, combining freelance singing with work in music therapy. In 1999 he was appointed Lay Vicar in the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. In 2001 he co-founded the group Ensemble Plus Ultra with Michael Noone and has been fully involved with the administration and direction of the group in addition to contributing as a singer. The group was recently awarded a Deutsche Gramophon Award for its series of 10 CDs of music by Victoria for Archiv. In 2008, with Peter Tregear, Warren founded The Consort of Melbourne and has directed them in a series of concerts at the new Melbourne Recital Centre and for Music Viva Australia.

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The Choir of St James'


The Choir of St James’, one of Australia’s oldest musical establishments, can trace its lineage back to the early years of the parish. 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 backbone of the Choir’s work is the weekly services of Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong (music list). It is also particularly known for its presentation of three Orchestral Masses in January each year.

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Alistair Nelson has been Organist at St. James’ Church, King Street, since September 2012. Previously he was Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY, where he has been for the past four years. At the Cathedral Alistair directed the Girls’ Choir and Schola Cantorum, and assisted with and accompanied the Choir of Men and Boys. Whilst living in New York, he sang in vocal ensembles Khorikos and Upper West Sound, and served on the staff of the Montreal Boys’ Choir course. Alistair was born in London and grew up in Sydney. He began his organ studies at Trinity Grammar School with Heather Moen, and was Organ Scholar for Peter McMillan at St. Anne’s, Strathfield, and St. Paul’s, Burwood. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours First Class) at the University of Sydney, studying with Robert Ampt. He was also a member of Sydney choirs such as Vox and Polyphony.

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The St James' Singers


The St James’ Singers is a voluntary choir that leads the singing at the 9am Sung Eucharist on a fortnightly basis, singing the psalm and communion motet.

The Singers are looking for new choristers to supplement their ranks. Tenors and basses are particularly welcome! If you miss singing in a choir, used to sing in a choir, have past experiences in choral singing or are new to choral music and want to learn about choral singing within a liturgical context, this is the perfect opportunity for you! 

Joining the Singers involves a simple audition: please send your expression of interest to Alistair Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone him on 8227 1308. 

Marko Sever - Organ Scholar

Marko Sever began learning the piano at age 2 and by age 11 began playing for church services at his local Catholic parish church of St Raphael’s, Queanbeyan. At age 12, Marko began organ lessons with Philip Swanton and Peter Guy through the ACT Organ School based at Wesley Music Centre.

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Rachel Scott – Cellist

Rachel Scott is a Sydney-based cellist known for her unconventionality – in programming, choice of artists, venue choices and delivery in concerts. She is constantly trying new combinations of instruments – cello and percussion, cello and accordion, cello and spoken word. Concerts are a time of celebration – of sharing and enjoying.

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