Recitals and concerts
The ministry of music is an extremely important part of our parish’s life and witness. In this, as in many regards, the church is a major focus in the local community. The layout of the church, its fine acoustics and the facilities of the adjacent church hall all make St James's an excellent venue for musical events.
Many of the musicians in the church, supported on occasions by the older and more advanced youngsters, have taken part in informal evening recitals of a high standard. These ocasions were supplemented by more formal professional recitals by guest musicians such as the Brodowski String Quartet. These local talented musicians always delighted the audience with very varied programmes of music and included music for clarinet, flute, organ, the St. James's Recorder Ensemble and various voices. After the recitals there was always time for a drink or two and a chat with friends. St James's Young Musicians' Recitals used to take place once or twice a year.
St James's also hosts concerts by local groups, local schools, community organisations and other music-makers, as well as by visiting musicians. These recitals and concerts help to raise funds for charitable and church purposes.
The church has also become a rehearsal venue and is the regular home for the chamber choir Concordia Voices and from time to time for various other groups. Concordia Voices is a professionally directed, amateur chamber choir of approximately forty voices. Its repertoire spans over four centuries, from the Renaissance to the present day, and includes a wide range of sacred and secular music. The choir is based in Hampton Hill, rehearses in St James's and has performed many concerts in the church. It has also sung during some services and given an evensong for Candlemas and a Good Friday Meditation of verse and music, including the Allegri Miserere. The local Rock Choir also both perform and rehearse at St James’s.