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A number of years ago, a St James’ parishioner chanced upon the beauty and profound experience of choir and orchestra combined performing Classical settings by the likes of Mozart, Haydn, or Schubert in churches in Austria. He returned to Sydney, determined to begin a tradition here at St James’.


For three Sundays each January, parishioners and music-lovers come to St James’ to experience a slice of European tradition. The Choir and Orchestra of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’ take centre-stage and perform entire orchestral mass settings as part of the liturgy. The St James’ Music Foundation is the major sponsor of these Orchestral Masses, through the generous support of parishioners and other music lovers.