St James’ Church, West End, Southampton SO30 3AT Registered Charity Number 1132863
St James’ Church choir at Portsmouth Cathedral
I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also. (1 Corinthians 14.15)
We have at St James' Church a fully robed, forward looking and very enthusiastic choir. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and members now proudly wear the ribbons of membership. The choir engages in local RSCM events such as the Winchester Choral Festival, and also tours to local cathedrals for Choral Evensong.
The choir encompasses singers with a range of experience and ability, and strives to be inclusive and welcoming in every way to any who may wish to participate, no matter their previous experience of singing. A full SATB choir of roughly 16 members (with additional singers for special occasions!) the choir is always on the lookout for new members to join and our choice of repertoire aims to enable all members to sing to the best of their ability.
Outreach and engagement are an essential part of any choir, and we are always keen for new members to join us. It is highly rewarding and fulfilling working as a team, and indeed a very social activity!
Being a member of a choir is certainly challenging, both technically and musically, and requires a great deal of commitment. The end results, though, are well worth the effort.
The typical life of a choir member involves the following commitments:
Sunday 9.30pm: Sung Eucharist
Every 1st & 3rd Sunday 6.30pm: Sung Evensong
We also occasionally have special evensongs, such as our Nine Lessons and Carols service, and the Epiphany Carol Service. The choir may also sing at weddings, funerals and other such occasions.
We would ask that you attend as many of the regular services and rehearsals as possible, in order that you benefit musically from each rehearsal and are kept abreast of our exciting and ever-
So what do we actually sing? Hymns, anthems (some of which you can listen to below!), various mass settings, canticles and psalms. These all have their own individual challenges, but each member of the choir is supported and encouraged in producing a highly satisfying musical output. We also maintain links with other choirs and collaborate with special Deanery events in the area.
If any of this sounds like it might interest you -
If you have any questions about our work at St James’, please contact the Director of Music, Myles, at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along and ask questions at one of our rehearsals.
We are indeed fortunate to have the wonderful English tradition of choral singing, providing a breadth of music which would not be otherwise possible. Its primary function is to help lead the congregation in both singing and worship, amplifying the mission of the Church for all to hear.
Whether leading traditional hymns, or newer ones, the support of a good choir can bring the singing together in a very exciting shared act of worship.
A choir can also introduce music written especially for Church Choirs, which simply would not be heard otherwise, from 800-
There is also a community side, in that a group of people who enjoy singing can get together to develop their skills in a Christian environment, working as a team to bring to life beautiful music, week by week.
John Rutter: Look at the world
Bortnianski: Tibie Paiom
Farrant: Hid not thou thy face
Praetorius: The Lord ascendeth up on high
SS Wesley: Lead me Lord Play extract
Tchaikovsky: Hymn to the Trinity
John Rutter: Requiem
Stainer: God so loved the world Play extract
Farrant/Hilton: Lord, for thy tender mercies sake
A Lent Prose Play extract
SS Wesley: Wash me throughly
Stanford: Nunc dimittis in A
Ireland: Greater love
Our monthly music lists can be found here.
Some of our basses, during Parish Eucharist
Choir rehearsal (aka last minute run through and hope for the best!)
The Church Alive Music Group
Myles Tyrrell, our Music Director
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