The Music Series promotes culture in the city by presenting concerts for Vancouverites and visitors, and by providing a performance venue for musicians.
St James’ Church is a unique building designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott, the brother of Giles Gilbert Scott who designed for iconic British red telephone box. The heritage building from 1936 has been described as 'a modern version of fourteenth-century Gothic.' It seats around 300, has a baby grand piano, and a three-manual, 31-rank Casavant Frères pipe organ. Its remarkable acoustics are ideal for voice, choir, and chamber ensembles
Music has always been the warp and woof of St James', and St James' continues to be one of the few places in western Canada where the glorious mass settings by Palestrina, Tallis, Byrd, Willan, Howells, and Duruflé may be heard in their traditional liturgical context.
Just over ten years ago, the Saint James Music Academy was established to enrich the lives of Downtown Eastside children through music. The Academy provides free, high-quality music instruction in to more than 200 children in core after-school programmes. The Academy's choirs and orchestras are communities of music making where each child discovers the important rôle they play through co-operation, team building, and the collective pursuit of excellence.
In 2017, an additional element was added to the vibrant music tradition at St James' : a Music Series that offers a diverse range of concerts by highly-accomplished artists.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Michelle Herrewynen, Music Series Organiser, at [email protected]