The season of concerts in St James’ Church got off to a cracking start just over a month ago with The Hermitage Ensemble, four Russian singers from St Petersburg whose impending arrival excited a lot of local interest. On the night the audience began arriving over an hour before the start. Every seat was filled and for latecomers it was standing room only. The 200-strong audience was then treated to an awe-inspiring demonstration of a cappella singing in the great Russian tradition. The rest of the season features a mix of singers and instrumentalists closer to home. First up, on Sunday, 30 June, is Christchurch Priory Choir in a programme of choral music by Bach, Schubert, Bruckner, Rutter and others interspersed with organ solos.
On Saturday, 27 July, another Dorset choir, The Occasional Singers from Dorchester, make a return visit to St James’, this time under the direction of Richard Hall. They will be taking their audience on a musical journey from Tudor to modern times. Sunday, 6 October, brings the return of the internationally renowned cellist Natalie Clein and Friends for a coffee concert in what is becoming an eagerly anticipated annual pilgrimage to St James’, and the final concert on Friday, 8 November, sees Sherborne Girls School make their Kingston debut.