We’ve been busy preparing for Christmas at St James’s, and we have plenty of fantastic concerts lined up.

In our evening concert series, don’t miss our gospel version of Nine Lessons and Carols on 15th December, featuring the fantastic Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Sue Perkins (former host of The Great British Bake Off). click here to hear Soul Sanctuary in action.

Tickets are selling fast, so book now to ensure you don’t miss out! And of course we have our regular Christmas fixtures including Handel’s Messiah (Six Centuries Chamber Choir, 16th December and X-Factor stars G4 (‘Christmas by Candlelight’, 20th December), as well as orchestral performances including music for all the family such as the Harry Potter Suite (Orchestra of the City, 1st December), and romantic favourites such as Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1 (Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, 7th December).

Please go to our website www.sjp.org.uk for ticket prices and booking details.

Our free lunchtime series continues as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.10pm. December highlights include a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.22 by Caroline Tyler in a special chamber arrangement (15th December) and for our final lunchtime concert of the year on 22nd December, the Dominic Alldis Trio presents a festive programme featuring Christmas music as well as their critically-acclaimed jazz arrangements of classical music. The lunchtime series will take a break between Christmas and the New Year, beginning again on Wednesday 3rd January.

Also, over the Christmas period and into the New Year (14th December – 8th February) the church will be hosting Suspended, an installation artwork by Arabella Dorman created out of hundreds of items of clothing discarded by refugees arriving on the beaches of Lesbos, having recently fled war, persecution and poverty. Suspended hangs above the nave of the church and follows on from Arabella’s critically acclaimed work Flight, which hung in St James’s over the Christmas period in 2015-16. It forms part of her ongoing series of works seeking to highlight the humanitarian crisis of forced displacement across the world today. Suspended will  be accompanied by an events programme including a concert, a book launch, a documentary film screening and a production by the National Youth Theatre. Please see the website www.sjp.org.uk for details.