Our large, enthusiastic Choir meets for practice on Friday evenings.  New members are welcome. The Choir is affiliated to the RSCM and we run the Voice for Life training scheme.

Organ Scholar
The St James Organ Scholarship is awarded annually. As well as receiving organ tuition, the Organ Scholar is expected to give regular performances and manage the other occasional organists who play for our various services.

CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas on achieving Grade V Theory (Distinction), Grade V Musical Theatre (Merit) and Grade III Cello and Sarah Grade III Flute - Well done!!

Thomas sarah

CONGRATULATIONS to Alexandra on achieving Grade VIII Singing (Musical Theatre)(Distinction) and Annie on achieving Grade VIII Trumpet (Distinction) Double Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex Annie

CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas on achieving Grade V Singing (Distinction) and Grade II Cello (Merit)!


DOUBLE CONGRATULATIONS to Annie, our former organ scholar, on achieving Grade VIII Organ (Merit) and Grade VIII Singing (Merit) - a Fantastic Achievement!!


Epiphany 2017 - farewell to Stephen and to Choristers Rachel and Sophie (who was presented with her Voice for Life White Level Badge today!) - all the best for the future!

Ste R S

Carol Singing Christmas 2016

Sophie S carol singing dec 2016

MUSIC EXAM SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah on achieving Flute Grade II and Piano Grade I (Merit)


24.6.16  FABULOUS JOINT CONCERT at St James with Mount St Mary's Choir  Mount St Mary's - Thank you!  We thoroughly enjoyed singing with you.  We filled the Chancel with 80+ Choristers and Singers and filled the church with music.  Well done everyone!

PROGRAMME: For the Beauty of the Earth - John Rutter (1945-); Locus Iste - Anton Bruckner (1824-1896);  Ave Verum -W. A. Mozart (1756-1791); Be thou my vision - Dan Forrest (1978-); The Lord is my Shepherd - Howard Goodall (1958-); Lift thine eyes - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847); Cantique de Jean Racine - Gabriel Faure (1845-1924); I give to you a new commandment - Peter Nardone (1965-); Sent by the Lord am I - Geoff Weaver (1943-); I waited for the Lord - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847); Psalm 150 - Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924); Ave Maria - J.S. Bach/C. Gounod; O thou the central orb - Charles Wood (1866-1926); Panis Angelicus - César Franck (1822-1890); Amazing Grace - Craig Courtney (1948-); Ave Maria - Giulio Caccini (1551-1618); God so Loved The World - John Stainer (1840-1901); In Paradisum - Gabriel Faure (1845-1924); Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah - George Frideric Handel (1685-1759).

Conductors Gordon Stables, Lucy Kitchener and Jonathan Mugridge

Organists/Pianists: John Whybrow, Arthur Stamper, Hannah Gibson, David Hopkinson and Rachel Short.

VOICE FOR LIFE SUCCESS (April 2016). CONGRATULATIONS to those who have passed their external VFL examinations:  Annie (Silver - Highly Commended), Alexandra (Silver - Commended) and Thomas (Silver - Commended) and Sarah (Bronze)

Annie ALex Thomas Sarah

VOICE FOR LIFE SUCCESS (Easter 2016) and MUSIC EXAM SUCCESS. CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie S on being enrolled in the Choir, Caitlin on achieving LIGHT BLUE level, Isaac on achieving YELLOW level and on passing his Piano Grade VII and to Fleur on achieving a Distinction in her Grade 1 Guitar Exam and in her IDTA Silver Musical Theatre Exam .

Sophie Caitlin 11.1.2015 Isaac Silver Fleur

Friday 22 January - Hugh Morris (Director of Music at Derby Cathedral) attended choir practice and sprinkled a little magic on all that we practised - Thank you!!


NEW CHORISTERS - Welcome to Erin

Erin Jan 2016 

Voice for Life: 24 December 2015.  CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah on achieving Dark Blue and to Thomas on achieving Red Level

Sarah Dec 2015 Thomas Jan 2016

NEW CHORISTER - Welcome to Sophie!

Sophie S Dec 2015

Congratulations to Annie on achieving a distinction on the Organ at Grade VII and a merit at Singing Grade VII, and to Thomas on achieving Cello Grade 1 with distinction!

annie Thomas Jan 2016

20.9.15 Many congratulations to Alexandra who was appointed as Head Chorister today!  Good luck in your new role!


13.9.15 Nayana stood down as Head Chorister - Thank you Nayana for your service and good luck for University!

Nayana 11.1.2015

Congratulations to Sarah on passing her Grade I Flute exam!!

Sarah 11.1.2015

Southwell Minster Evensong 11 July 2015

The Canadian Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir stayed with us during their tour to England again this year, and we joined forces to sing Choral Evensong at Southwell Minster.  A really good sound in a really good acoustic.  Ian Bevell awoke the organ!


Ian waiting



Thank you to everyone who came and sang so beautifully for Choral Evensong at St John the Baptist, Tideswell, "The Cathedral of the Peak". 


Music included: Locus Iste (Bruckner), Smith 4-part Responses, Mag & Nunc (Brewer in D), How beautiful upon the mountains (John Stainer), Psalm 53 and well-known hymns.  Lots of compliments received!  

Also, well done to Isaac for playing the organ for us, and for a rousing rendition of Widor's toccata at the end, pulling out all the stops!!

Tideswell Organ Isaac

Congratulations to Toby & Nayana on passing Grade VII piano and to Fleur, Thomas & Namitha for passing Grade II Piano (Fleur with DIstinction, Thomas with a Merit) and Fleur for passing Cornet Grade I (Distinction) & to Annie for achieving a Distinction in Grade VII Trumpet!

toby Nayana 11.1.2015 Fleur Thomas Nov 2014 Namitha Annie

BELATED Congratulations to Samantha for passing Theory Grade V with merit, Piano Grade V and Singing Grade 4 with Merit and to Jack for passing Piano Grade V with Merit.

Samantha Jack

Annual 'Come & Sing' - 29 March 2015

Thanks to everyone who came and sang Vivaldi's Gloria and Maunder's 'Olivet to Calvary'.  A really good day was had by all!  Directed by Gordon Stables, the Choir comprised: Alexandra, Caitlin, Namitha, Nayana, Samantha, Sarah, Sophie, Thomas, Lois Nicholl, Octavia Quinn, Pat Hall, Pam Bishop, Karen Mothersdale, Joan Taft, Christine Dale, Jane Laughton, Catherine Mann, Wendy Seville, Val Eggleshaw, Julie Hunt, Wendy Sharpe, Val Towle, Shirley Goodwin, Marilyn Kirkland, Annie, Jenny Mosley, Tricia Murray-Leslie, Jan Firth, Sue Wilbourne, Margaret Askham, Cath Heelin, Sheila Walters, Brenda Scott, Isaac, Toby, Phil Harrison, Ron Sharpe, Anthony Yates, Craig Stevens, Barry Goodwin, Adrian Murray-Leslie, Arthur Stamper, Peter Yewman, Sam, Steven Lunn, Mike Firth, Brian Lawton, Phil Neal, Michael Mann and David Eggleshaw.  The Organist was Andrew Cummings FRCO.

New Chorister: A BIG welcome to Sophie! 

Sophie R Dec 2015

New Chorister: A BIG welcome to Caitlin!

Caitlin 11.1.2015

Carol Singing in the Royal Oak 2014












BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Annie on the fantastic achievement of passing GRADE VIII PIANO with a MERIT !!!  A really amazing achievement!!!


Congratulations to Isaac on achieving a Merit at Grade VI piano and to Jack for achieving a distinction at Grade VI Trombone

isaac jack

Well done to Thomas on passing the Voice for Life Bronze Award (Commended) and on his successful audition with the Director of the RSCM for RSCM Voices North (Northern Cathedral Singers) 2015 and on achieving a Merit at Grade IV Singing!!!

Thomas Nov 2014

Well done to Annie on achieving a Distinction at Grade 6 on the organ!


Well done to the 'Come & Sing' 2014 Choir!

Ave verum (Mozart), All things bright and beautiful (Rutter), Be still my soul (Sibelius), Look at the world (Rutter), Howard Goodall's Psalm 23, Locus iste (Bruckner) and I waited for the Lord (Mendelssohn).  Followed by the Crucifixion (Stainer).  

Fantastic singing from you all!  Difficult to pick my favourite piece from the night.  All so good, and in memory of Ian Brown 1937-2014, who would have been the first to compliment you all! 


April 2014

Congratulations to Imogen Stables on passing Violin Grade VIII and to Isaac on passing Organ Grade V with Merit!



December 2013

Congratulations to Thomas on passing Grade 1 Theory with distinction!

Friday 18 October

Rachel, Samantha and Isaac took and passed their Silver Voice for Life Examinations (Bishop's Award).  Very well done!

Rachel Samantha Isaac Silver


Sunday 13 October

Frances was appointed Head Chorister - Congratulations!

Emma stood down as Head Chorister - Thank you Emma for your service!

New Old Chorister!  We're delighted to welcome Octavia Quinn who rejoins the Choir as a Lady Soprano after completing University (she was a Junior Chorister at St James Church Choir until 2003)

September 2013 - Our annual venture to Chesterfield Parish Church aka 'The Crooked Spire', where we sang for High Mass and Evensong.  Thanks to Mark Rothman for accompanying.  A warm welcome too to Thomas Michaels (A Bass from the Lugano Cathedral Choir, Switzerland) who came over from Cambridge, where he is studying, to join us for the weekend.  Do come again!


August 2013 - Congratulations to Annie on passing Piano Grade VII - a wonderful achievement!


July 2013 - Congratulations to Thomas on achieving a Distinction in his Grade I singing exam!


16 June 2013 - Well done to Annie for playing for the morning service today (for the first time).


April 2013 - Well Done and Congratulations on Passing Music Exams!

Isaac - Piano Grade V (Distinction)

Thomas - Piano Grade I (Merit) Fleur- Piano Grade I (Merit) & Theory Grade I Toby - Piano Grade VI and Theory Grade V
Thomas 11.1.2015
Annie - Trumpet Grade VI (Merit) & Singing Grade IV (Merit) Jack - Singing Grade V  (Merit)

Alex -  Singing Grade V  (Merit)



31 March 2013 - Easter Sunday - Hallelujah Chorus! & Voice for Life Ribbons awarded.

Congratulations to Rachel Short (Red), Lois Nicholl (Dark Blue), Louisa (Light Blue) & Thomas (Light Blue)! 


24 March 2013 - Palm Sunday Evening - The 'Come & Sing' Choir

The choir sang Vivaldi's Gloria, O thou the central orb (Wood), Hear my prayer (Mendelssohn), The Lamb (Tavener), Blessed be the God and Father (Wesley), God so loved the world (Stainer) & Zadok the priest (Handel).  Thank you to all those who came to join us and well done for getting here despite the snow and ice! 

9 March 2013

The Choir sang Evensong at Derby Cathedral.  

We sang: Hide not thou thy face (Farrant), Smith Responses, Psalm 116, Brewer in D Canticles & O Saviour of the World (Goss).  They seemed to like us and want us to go again!


Ash Wednesday 13 February 2013

The Choir braved the snow and made it to Clowne, outnumbering the congregation!  'Hide not thou thy face' (Farrant) and Allegri's 'Miserere' were sung.  Alice from the Lugano Cathedral Choir in Switzerland was visiting, and joined the alto line - we were pleased to have you sing with us.


Sunday 30 December

Nayana was appointed Head Chorister - Congratulations!


Sunday 23 December

Jack stood down as Head Chorister - Thank you Jack

Sunday 16 December 2012 - Christmas Carol Service

We welcomed Barlborough Primary School Choir (who were fantastic!), to our 9 Lessons & Carols Service, where they sang 'C is for Christmas' and 'Unto us is born a son'.  They also joined our Junior Choristers in singing 'Away in a manger'.  Do come again!  

The Church Choir sang 'Gaudete', 'Adam Lay Ybounden', 'I saw three ships', 'The holly and the ivy' (Gardner) and 'Deo Gracias' (Britten), as well as leading the congregation in usual carols (with descants a plenty!) 'Once in Royal David's City', 'Good King Wenceslas', 'O little town of Bethlehem', 'The first Nowell', 'O come all ye faithful' and 'Hark the herald angels sing'.  Thank you to both David Hopkinson and John Whybrow for accompanying us.

Sunday 2 December 2012 - Advent Carol Service

What an enjoyable Advent Carol Service (Christmas is certainly on its way now!).  This year's music had a lot of input from Willcocks.  We sang: Matin Responsory (Palestrina), Come thou Redeemer (arr. Willcocks), Christ be our light (Farrell), Gabriel’s Message (arr. Willcocks), How beautiful upon the mountains (Stainer), O come O come Emmanuel (descant Willcocks), There is no rose (Britten), O thou the central orb (Wood) & Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Descant Willcocks), plus a number of other advent hymns.  Thank you to David Hopkinson for accompanying us.


Friday 9 November 2012 - Concert

Well done to all those who took part in the joint Concert with Eckington Singers tonight, which was a great success!  



October 2012 - RSCM Voice for Life Awards


Congratulations to Libby on achieving Silver (Merit), Rachel on achieving Bronze (Distinction) & Nayana on achieving Bronze (Merit).  Well done!

Sunday 2 September 2012 

We were again invited to sing the Sung Mass and Evensong services at Chesterfield Parish Church.  Maybe this will become an annual tradition!  Everyone spoke very highly of our singing, and the Evensong was particularly excellent! We also climbed the crooked spire, and Joshua tried to ring a bell, but failed; Helena managed it with ease!

Feedback included: "I thought the performance on Sunday night was excellent.  The choir just seems to get better and better."


RSCM Cathedral Course 13th-19th August 2012 - Salisbury - Imogen took part in this course directed by Paul Hale, and had a fantastic time.

Sunday 12th August - Solene was visiting from France and sang with us.  She taught us a Taizé song,  "Retourne, mon âme, à ton repos".

Sunday 5th August - Ian Bevell was visiting from Canada and dropped in and played the organ!

Exam Success - Congratulations to Annie on achieving Grade V on the Organ with a Merit and a Grade VI on the Piano!

Exam Success - Congratulations to Jack on passing his Grade IV piano exam with a Merit!

Exam Success - Congratulations to Toby on passing his Grade V piano exam!

Exam Success - Congratulations to Imogen on passing her Grade VI piano exam with a Merit!

Sunday 8th July - The Choir sang Evensong at the Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, Clumber Park.!


Sunday 10th June - Jonah man jazz - Yeah!

Sunday 3rd June - Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Service

The Choir sang 'I was glad' (Parry), 'Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace' (SS Wesley) & 'Zadok the Priest' (Handel) from the Coronation Service.  David Hopkinson played the organ.

Sunday 13th May

Namitha was formally enrolled into the Choir today.

Annie played the organ before the Service.  Well done!

Deanery Confirmation 6th May 2012

Congratulations to Isaac on his confirmation, and thank you to Bishop Humphrey for coming to St James' Barlborough to take this service.

Exam Success!

Congratulations to Alexandra on passing her Violin Grade V exam, and her Bronze Dance exams in Freestyle, Street, Latin and Ballroom (all Highly Commended)!

Pilgrimage to Tewkesbury Abbey 21/22 April 2012

24 of our Choristers went on a Pilgrimage to Tewkesbury Abbey where we sang Evensong on the Saturday and Sunday and High Mass on the Sunday; the latter two services with the Abbey Choir under the direction of Carleton Etherington.  What acoustics, what an experience!  Thank you to everyone at the Abbey for making us so welcome.

We sang Locus Iste (Bruckner), Cantate Domino (Pitoni), Blessed be the God and Father (Wesley), I was glad (Parry), Ave Verum (Mozart), Byrd & Smith 5-part Responses, Psalms 24, 4 and 142, Brewer in D and Stanford in C Canticles, Darke in F communion setting.

Exam Success!

Congratulations to Imogen on passing her Violin Grade VII exam with a Merit!

Congratulations to Emma on passing her Piano Grade V exam with a Merit!

RSCM Voices North

Jack (second row 5th from left) with RSCM Voices North at Southwell Minster

Sunday 15th April

Neil's debut on the organ before the service went well :-) 

Easter Day 


Casey was formally admitted into the Choir

Good Friday 6th April - Voice for Life Training and Testing

Well done to all the Choristers who passed Voice for Life levels this morning: Alexandra (Red), Helena, Rachel, Neil, John Wilkins (Dark Blue) and Joshua, Jessica & Adrian (Light Blue).  You will be presented with your Ribbons during the Services this weekend.  Thank you to my Assistant Trainers and Testers Libby, Tobias and Rachel, and to Imogen for running the creche!


Maundy Thursday 5th April

A big thank you to everyone for a very special service this evening, and very well done on performing Allegri's 'Miserere', which reduced Jenny to tears and nearly did the same for Rev Steve!  I think the Miserere will have to become an annual event at this service.

Sunday 1st April

Congratulations to the 68 members of the 'Come & Sing' Choir for producing a fantastic sound and beautiful performances of Fauré's 'Requiem' and Stainer's 'The Crucifixion'.  Well done to all our soloists, especially those who 'volunteered' for parts on the day! Thank you to Geoff Gratton for accompanying us so well.  We hope to see you all again next year! See the photo page for photos.

Exam Success!

Congratulations to Isaac on passing his Singing Grade V exam in his new tenor voice!

Congratulations to Fleur on passing her Grade 1 Theory exam!

Sunday 25th March - Lent Evensongs

Well done to the whole choir for all the hard work in putting on 5 consecutive weekly Evensongs for the Bishop of Derby's 2012 Lenten Lectures.  You were really very good!  Bishop Alastair was very impressed and very complimentary.  He thought you were fabulous.  He could not believe that we only practice once a week!

The Choir sang:

Responses: Byrd 5-part & Smith 4-part

Psalms135, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 34

Mag & Nunc: Brewer in D, Stanford in C & Walmsley in D


Hide not thou thy face (Farrant)

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake (Hilton)

Locus Iste (Bruckner)

Had we but hearkened to thy word (Walford Davies)

I give you a new commandment (Aston)

O Saviour of the world (Goss)

Day by day (Howe)

For the beauty of the earth (Rutter)

Go ye now in peace (Eilers)

Turn thy face from my sins (Attwood)

O for a closer walk with God (Stanford)

Amens: Stainer 7-fold, Whybrow 4-fold, Coupe 4-fold & Simper 7-fold

Sunday 25th March - Morning

Well done to everyone who managed to put their clocks forward and get to the 9.15am service!

Rachel played the organ before the service.

  • Short Prelude no. 3 - J. S. Bach
  • A Song Without Words - Mendelssohn

Sunday 18th March - Mothering Sunday

Jessica was formally admitted into the Choir

Joyce played before the Service

  • O Isis and Osiris. (The Magic Flute)

  • Ave Verum Corpus

both by W.A.Mozart


Rachel accompanied the anthem 'For the beauty of the earth' (Rutter) on the piano.

Friday 16th March

A momentous day for one of our young gentlemen! Sam's voice has now developed into Bass.

Sunday 11th March - Morning 

Libby Hadfield played the organ before the Service.  Thank you!

Sunday 4th March - morning

Annie played before the Services at Clowne and Barlborough - Well done!

  • O quam suavis (Geoffray)
  • Aria (anon)
  • Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ (Bach)


Sunday 26th February 2012 - morning

Joyce played before the Service - Well done!

  • Largo - G. F. Handel

Ash Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Jessica carried the cross for the first time.  Fleur and Joshua carried the candles.

Sunday 19th February 2012

Isaac played before the Service - Well done!

  • Prelude in C by Bach

Saturday 18th February 2012

Thomas took part in the Mrs Sunderland Music festival in Huddersfield.  He entered a class for boys with unbroken voices, and sang 'The Spanish Main' by Arthur Baynon.  Despite competing against boys much older than himself, he managed to come 3rd, with a B Grade Commended Performance.  Well done!

Sunday 12th February 2012

Congratulations to Imogen and Toby on achieving their Voice for Life Yellow Ribbons!


Fleur was presented with her Light Blue Voice for Life Ribbon - Congratulations Fleur

Isaac played before the Service - Well done!

  • 3-part invention in A minor (Bach)
  • 2-part invention in D minor (Bach)


Sunday 5th February 2012

Despite the SNOW 14 Choristers made it to Clowne - Well done!  Neil won 'Who wants to be a millionaire'!


At Barlborough too we had a good turnout considering the weather.  John Wilkins won 'Who wants to be a millionaire'!

Jack was presented with his Red Voice for Life Ribbon - Congratulations Jack

Annie played before the Services at both Churches - Well done!

  • Lascia ch'io pianga- Handel
  • Sing Hosanna- Arr. Girdler
  • Bunessan- Trad. Gaelic
  • Scarborough Fair- Arr. Girdler
  • Aria

Wednesday 1st February 2012

The Choir sang 'Go ye now in peace' by Eilers at the Funeral of Gill Woodhead (one of God's flock reunited with Him). 

Friday 27th January 2012

Jessica brought her friend Casey along with her tonight.  Welcome Casey!

Congratulations to Jack on passing his Trombone Grade IV exam!


Congratulations to Annie for passing her Grade II Singing exam with a Merit!

Sunday 22nd January 2012

Namitha at her first service as a Chorister!

Samantha and Annie were awarded their Red Ribbons today - well done!


Isaac played before the Service - very nicely too!

Oh, and we sang a new anthem, 'Listen sweet dove' by Ives.  What a busy Sunday!

Friday 20th January 2012

Namitha and Aimee came along tonight for the first time. You are very welcome!


Sunday 8 January 2012

New Chorister Jessica sang with us today for the first time. Welcome!

Exam Success!

Congratulations to Samantha on passing Grade IV on the Trumpet - Very well done!

Christmas 2011

The Church was decorated

The Choir sang at 9 Lessons & Carols, the Nativity Service, Midnight Mass and on Christmas Day.

Thank you to everyone and a special mention to all of our soloists (shown below)


Sunday 12 December 2011

Thomas was enrolled into the Choir today and received his Surplice.  Well done!

Theory Success!  

Congratulations to Steve Palfreyman on passing Grade VIII & Annie on passing Grade V (Merit) - Fantastic Achievements!


27 November 2011 - Advent Sunday

Bishop Humphrey very kindly attended our Advent Eucharist, and brought sunshine with him (or was it his halo whispered Fleur)!

Sophie & the Bishop discussed the finer theological points of Advent over a cup of coffee...

...whilst proud dad, aka 'Rev Steve', looked on in astonishment.  

"That's my girl", he was heard to say!

Sophie then showed Bishop Humphrey how to make a shadow puppet of a dog's head!

 Thomas relaxing after a hard morning's singing...
...I said you could take one photograph of me, not two!
Abby allowed herself to be photographed by Alex.
 Now leave me alone, please!

 November 2011

CHORISTER SUCCESS!  Emma & Imogen have been offered places on the prestigious 2012 RSCM Cathedral Course, which this year will be held at Salisbury Cathedral from 13-19 August 2012, and will be directed by Paul Hale.  The invited choir (all Silver Award holders and above) will sing daily evensong from Tuesday to Sunday as well as Sunday morning services.  If you can go to listen, you should.  The choir will sing a wide repertoire to a very high standard.

Sunday 20 November 2011

Fleur was enrolled into the Choir today and received her Surplice.  Well done!

The Choir is delighted to announce that we now have TWO Choir Wardrobe Mistresses to cope with our increasing needs.   Joyce Brown has kindly agreed to take on the role of Choir Wardrobe Mistress, and Jenny Mosley, who for many years has undertaken this work alone, will now become Assistant Choir Wardrobe Mistress.  Thank you Ladies.


Sunday 13 November 2011

Thanks to Steven Lunn for playing the Last Post and Reveille so very well at the morning and evening Remembrance Services.  Both Services provided a fitting tribute and memorial to the fallen.

Welcome to new choristers Adrian and Tricia!


Someone allowed Stephen Short onto the Organ at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.  Can't quite tell from the photographs whether all the stops are out or in, but looking at the empty seating in the background, I would guess they were all out!!



Sunday 30 October 2011

Neil Yewman took and passed his final Voice for Life Blue Level tests.  Congratulations.

One old hand showed two newer hands how to find the hymns!

Sunday 9 October 2011

Welcome to new chorister Thomas!

The Choir sang the Anthem: Rejoice in the Lord alway by Purcell, with Isaac, Steve and Ian singing the ATB trio - well done!


Saturday 24 September 2011

17 Choristers joined with another 492 ! at Ashbourne to rehearse and then sing Festal Evensong for Harvest on the occasion of the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Diocese of Derby.  Peter Gould was magnificent as Director.  What a great day.  




  Saturday 17 September 2011

7 Choristers attended the Singing Day with John Rutter at Derby Cathedral - what a great experience and what a great sound 300 Choristers made!


Sunday 11 September 2011

Welcome to new chorister Fleur!

Friday 9 September 2011

This will be our first Choir Practice back at St James after the Summer Holidays, when there will be new Choristers attending.  How exciting!

September 2011
Congratulations to Jack on passing his Grade III Singing exam with a Distinction!

Congratulations to Annie on passing her Grade V trumpet examination with a Merit!

Congratulations to Isaac for passing his Violin Grade V

Sunday 4 September 2011

We were invited to sing the Sung Mass and Evensong services at Chesterfield Parish Church.  They must have liked us because they have invited us back!  We had a tour of the church and climbed the crooked spire.  

Friday 22 July 2011

Well dressing service.

Procession to the Well Blessing of the Well
onward to the Well Dressing The Choir 
The Well Dressing Blessing everyone with water!

Congratulations to Alex on passing her Grade IV Singing Exam with a Merit!

The Kiwanis have gone!  -We shall miss them!

"But, mummy, I don't want them to go!"

Saturday 9th July 2011 - Evensong was sung at Southwell Minster by the Combined Choirs of St James' Barlborough, St John the Baptist, Clowne, CKBC & a few Newark Songmen.  What a sound!

CKBC and their Training Choir (without jackets) 2011

CKBC website:

Wednesday 29 June 2011
The Choir sang at Heritage High School Opening Extravaganza. The Halle Orchestra performed too!

Sunday 26 June 2011

There was a united service today to celebrate the Patronal Festival of St John the Baptist at Clowne Church

Sally sang the Gospel Acclamation solo beautifully.

Saturday 18 June 2011
The Choir sang 'Ave Verum' (Mozart) at the Wedding of Jody Binns & Sophie Pickering, and Alexandra (below) sang 'Ave Maria' (Gounod/Bach). Both were well-received getting generous applause.

Sunday 12 June 2011

Solos today from Jack & Libby...


...and a trio from Emma, Frances & Helena (future pop group in the making?)


Sunday 5 June 2011
The Choir at Sophie's Christening

Sunday 29 May 2011
The Choir sang at the wedding of Rachel Norman and Benjamin McHugh...

...and Amy & Libby sang two moving pop duets at the request of the couple!

May 2011
Sometimes a few of us sing at St John the Baptist Church, Clowne, too!


John Whybrow - the Organist at St James' Church

Arthur Stamper - the organist at St John the Baptist Church

April 2011
The Choir

 February 2009
The choir


February 2009
Presentation of RSCM Long Service Medals

Back Row: Arthur (60yrs), John W (54yrs), Ian (25yrs), John R (57yrs)                    

Front Row: Ruth (30yrs), Hazel (37yrs), Jenny (50yrs), Margaret (22yrs)

 February 2009
Guest Organist Ian Bevell prior to emigrating to Canada to become Director of Praise at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario