Music at Saint James has a long and distinguished history. From the earliest days of the parish Saint James has been noted for its musical excellence and diversity of programming. From a Saturday night contemporary service where one might hear the music of John Coltrane or Bob Dylan, to an early service with anglican chant and renaissance polyphony, the music is always seamlessly embedded in the beautiful language of our prayer book.
The Saint James choir participates at our principal service Sunday morning’s at 10:30 am. In addition, the group sings Lessons and Carols during the advent season, and is part of the Triduum-three holy days-leading up to Easter morning. They also sing choral evensongs several times during the year.
The group consists of approximately twenty well-trained volunteer singers who are supported by a section leader in each of the four sections. The group rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings during the Fall, Winter, and Spring months. Summer services consist of weekly choir meetings before the 10:30 service to which all interested singers are invited and encouraged to attend.
“The Renaissance singers” are a professional vocal quartet that presents high-quality early music, Psalmody, and leads hymns at our 8:30 Rite one service. This service is a quieter, quicker, and very beautiful service with the exquisite language of the book of common prayer rite one language.
Early Music at Saint James is a self-sustaining concert series that presents professional performances each year of music composed before 1800 in our beautiful and acoustically rich sanctuary. The concerts of primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music are informed by historical performance practice and played on faithful reproductions of historic instruments. The series offers a venue for small and/or emerging ensembles, and presents a rich repertory of music that is not otherwise available to the Lancaster community. Ticket revenues, tax-exempt gifts, grants and sponsorship support the concerts. Concert event information can be found at Early Music Events.