Music has been in the heart of the city of Sydney since the convict era, thanks to the historic building of St James’ Church.  For 200 years, this building has been a place of music education and performance, enjoying a reputation of fostering one of Australia’s finest choirs, The Choir of St James’, boasting a long and distinguished list of organists and organ scholars, and supporting new groups such as the historically-informed ensemble, BachBand@StJames’. There are no boundaries in music at St James’.  Our varied programme means there is something for everyone.

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What’s On in St James’ Music

Visit our What’s On page for upcoming concerts and services. Our choirs and instrumentalists share a busy schedule of performing both sacred and secular music. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our many events.

Be part of Music at St James’

There are many ways you can be part of Music at St James’. Whether you’re a musician or a music-lover, you are most welcome to contact us about opportunities to contribute to the music programme at St James’. Fill in the enquiry form below, phone the Parish Office on (02) 8227 1300, or make yourself known to one to a member of staff at one of our concerts or after a service.

Friends of Music at St James’

The Friends of Music at St James’ support and encourage the music at St James’ by building an active support network and by raising funds for special projects. Please visit their website ( for further information about the Friends and how you can become a member.

The St James’ Music Foundation

Music at St James’ is grateful for the generous support of The St James’ Music Foundation. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Music Foundation for the Capital Fund (which provides an annual distribution to the Music Programme), the St James’ Organ Replacement & Restoration Appeal, and the current Music Activities (such as the Orchestral Masses). Please visit their website for further information.

The St James’ Organ Replacement & Restoration Appeal

As part of the Bicentennial celebrations, St James’ is undertaking an ambitious and visionary project that will benefit the cultural life of Sydney. Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Ltd have been engaged to build and install what will be the third largest pipe organ in Sydney, after those at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall. Tax deductible donations can be made through The St James’ Music Foundation. For further information, visit

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