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.

The Choir has recorded four CDs and broadcasts regularly on ABC Radio, both in its own right as well as with leading ensembles such as Australian Baroque Brass. In 2009, the Choir performed a sell-out of performance of Handel’s Messiah, which was podcast on Radio National.

More recently, the Choir has performed with The Tallis Scholars' Summer School (directed by Peter Phillips), hosted a workshop with The King's Singers, toured the Southern Highlands giving concerts in Bundanoon, Bowral and Goulburn presented a recital at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and given a Christmas recital for the Historic Houses' Trust. Future plans include new recordings, commissions of new works, collaboration with other ensembles and concert tours around Australia and overseas.

'I always want to hear The Choir of St James’ – not only because it lifts my heart with its perfect singing, but also because, in my opinion, it raises the level of music-making in Sydney to the heights reached by the King’s College Cambridge choir.'

 Tony Legge, Assistant Music Director, Opera Australia 

Soprano: Liza Lilli, Brooke Shelley, Isabella Woods
Alto: Helen Grimley, Helen Hughson, Alex Siegers
Tenor: Owen Elsley, Luke Iredale
Bass: Rob Hansen, Philip Murray

The Choir is available for recitals – sacred or secular. Please contact the Head of Music for further details.