Concert Series

Encounter experiences and expressions of captivity, freedom, emotional states of mind, connections with the past, and lavish celebrations through music by grand renaissance and classical masters, and established and emerging English and Australian composers. One of Australia’s oldest musical establishments, The Choir of St James’, leads a varied programme of music for everyone, in Sydney’s oldest church building in the heart of the city.

The Creation

Saturday 12 October, 5:00pm

Joseph Haydn’s famed oratorio that recounts the beginning of time, performed by The Choir and Orchestra of St James’, will mark the beginning of our bicentenary celebrations, 2019-2024.
After his visits to London, Haydn was inspired by the larger ‘oratorio’ choral works of Handel. ‘The Creation’ was first performed in Vienna in 1798 when Haydn was already in his sixties. It was such a success that the invitation-only aristocratic audience had to be brought under control by the police.
Tickets ($50/$45) can be purchased at the door or at City Recital Hall. Please click here for the Media Release.

Christmas Here & There

Saturday 7 December, 5:00pm

What is your perfect Christmas? A cold, dark and possibly snowy Christmas spent huddled in front of the fire, roasting chestnuts and keeping warm? Or a hot, sun-baked Christmas on the beach with a seafood, a barbie, and beach cricket? Experience an Anglo-Australian Christmas at St James’. This concert contrasts the lush warmth of a traditional English Christmas containing 20th century music for choir and strings by the likes of Elgar and Vaughan Williams with a fresh, young, antipodean experience. New works written by our own composers provides you with a unique experience and brightens the cheer of the Christmas season.

This concert will be followed by the Friends of Music at St James’ annual Christmas Party.  All are welcome to attend. Tickets for the party are available through the Friends of Music.


Tickets for concerts can be obtained in advance from City Recital Hall by visiting their website, phoning them on (02) 8256 2222, or visiting them in person.

Tickets are also available to purchase at the door on the night.  Doors open at 4:15pm.