St James' Choir

Although small in numbers, especially in the lower parts, our talented and dedicated choir take a full part in our Sunday Sung Eucharist with a variety of settings, especially of the “Agnus Dei”, and an anthem.

The repertoire extends from plainsong (Gregorian chant) to 21st century items several of which have been composed for the choir by Duncan Faulkner.

In the past we have joined with the Gregorian Association in singing services at Glastonbury Abbey, Guildford Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and most recently at St Mary's, Primrose Hill, to celebrate the centenary of the publication of the English Hymnal.

Also we have joined with the choir of St Anne's, Wandsworth, in concerts in support of our respective Churches. Our recent joint concerts, which included music by Haydn, Schubert, Ireland, Faulkner, Howells and Vaughan Williams, were thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences and choirs.

The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music () and the younger members have achieved considerable success in examinations.

We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested please make contact or come to one of our services (no choir in August).

As part of our Patronal Celebrations in 2016 our Parish Priest, Fr James Rosenthal, wrote the words of a new hymn in honour of St James. Beckie Sturge, a member of our choir and at present studying music, composed a matching tune which was sung for the first time at our parish Mass on 24th July. You can hear a synthesised version of this tune, named St James Merton, and our choir hopes to record a version in the near future.

Tune: St James Merton by R J P Sturge
(one verse in harmony and one with descant)