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Music on Whale Oil Row, named for St. James’ historic setting on Huntington Street, is a new program that shares our joy in music with the whole community, featuring musical talent of regional and national prominence.  All concerts are free. Come and enjoy this varied and wonderful music in our historic church!


Music on Whale Oil Row, named for St. James’ historic setting on Huntington Street, is a new program that shares our joy in music with the whole community. All concerts are free. Come and enjoy this varied and wonderful music in our historic church!

Fall Fridays at Noon: Lunchtime Music in a Glorious Setting!

For an autumn treat, take a break in the middle of your day and enjoy these intimate concerts performed by regional musicians. Concerts begin at noon and last for about an hour. Come for as long as you can. Feel free to bring food or drink with you — and then to take it away afterwards

October 2 — Hymn Sing with Andrew Howell, Organist and Choirmaster at St. James Church

October 9 — Sarah Yanovitch, soprano (

October 16 — NO RECITAL

October 23 — Travis LaCombe, Associate Organist at St. James Church

October 30 — Phred Mileski, soprano with Robert Humphreville, piano


Stephen Hamilton, Virtuoso Concert Organist

November 8, 2015  3:00 P.M.

Including works by Durufle, Dupre, Franck, Messiaen, Alain, Ginastera and Bach
        Co-sponsored by the New London County chapter of the American Guild of Organists

Reception following recital

Nov. 8, 2015, 7:00 P.M.
Workshop: “New Music for Church Organists” presented by Stephen Hamilton
        Sponsored by the New London County chapter of the AGO

Stephen Hamilton is well-know as a recitalist in America and Europe. For many years he was Minister of Music at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City. His playing has been widely praised, as in this review from the Charleston Daily Mail: “The performance had to be one of the supreme moments of music making in this year’s or any year’s Orgelfest offerings.”


The Anglican Singers. An independent chorus of about 30 members dedicated to the English choral tradition, the Anglican Singers are artists in residence at St. James. During the summer of 2014, they were choir-in-residence at Ely Cathedral in England. (

Evensong on Sundays at 5:00 PM at St. James

October 18, 2015

January 31, 2016

February 28, 2016

April 10, 2016

May 22, 2016

Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM


Silent Movie Night with Robert Humphreville

A St. James and New London tradition: See and hear a classic silent movie with live organ accompaniment.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM


Shoreline Ringers - CT's Premiere Handbell Ensemble (

Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM 


Support Music on Whale Oil Row by making a donation to St. James Episcopal Church marked for this purpose. It is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. -BCP p819

Singing and music are an important part of Anglican worship. Have a talent? We want you....

Adult Choir: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Choir Room.  On the first Thursday of the month, we conclude choir rehersal with a sung Compline service in Hallam Chapel (all are invited!)

We are always looking to add new singers—it’s an important part of our worship. For additional information about joining the choir, e-mail Andrew Howell at


Andrew Howell, Organist and Choirmaster, received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting and Organ Performance from the University of Rhode Island. Andrew is currently Music Director of the 190-voice Chorus of Westerly, Organist and Choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, Connecticut, and also serves as Music Director and Organist at the Watch Hill Chapel in Westerly, RI during the summer months. Andrew has worked with a number of choral organizations and churches in Rhode Island and Connecticut – as Music Director of the Stonington Choral Society, Organist and Choir Director of the Cathedral of St. John in Providence, and Organist for the Anglican Singers. Beyond his work with established choral ensembles, Andrew regularly organizes groups of talented local singers as the St. James Festival Choir for concerts of sacred and secular choral music, both accompanied and a cappella. In 2009, Andrew co-founded the Eastern Connecticut Children’s Chorus at St. James for children ages 8 to 16 with the mission “to attain a high level of quality music making, while providing a foundation of music literacy and proper vocal technique to enable a life of musical enjoyment and choral appreciation for both our singers and the community in which we sing.” Andrew lives in Westerly, RI with his wife Emily and their four children: Sadie, Rowan, Henry, and Arthur.



St. James is blessed to host The Anglican Singers, an independently organized choir-in-residence who are dedicated to the English choral tradition. The Anglican Singers have been artists-in-residence since 1997 and sing the majority of Evensong services each year at St. James Church, as well as the annual Service of  Lessons and Carols for Advent. Members of this auditioned 30 member group are directed by Simon Jacobs with organist Paul Thomas. Click here to learn more about this talented organization.

E.M. Skinner, Opus 220

St. James Episcopal Church has a long-established tradition for musical excellence. The organ, an Ernest M. Skinner, Opus 220 built in 1914, is one of the finest instruments in New England, and was donated to the Parish by local philanthropist and railroad magnate, Morton Plant in memory of his wife. The inscription on the memorial plaque designed by Gorham Company-New York reads “To the Praise and Glory of God and in the loving memory of Nellie Capron Plant”. Opus 220 has 43 ranks of pipes with four divisions and pedal, and contains 2680 pipes. Major tonal changes were done by the Möller Company in 1952.

The organ was reconditioned in 2002 by the Foley-Baker Organ Company. This work involved removal of the entire instrument for shop restoration including every valve, pouch, bellows and pneumatic device. All the pipes were removed, washed and regulated. The organ's original mechanical systems were replaced with state-of-the-art electronic switching that includes recall and playback of performances precisely as originally played by the organist.

Can't get ehough of those hymns? OREMUS has lyrics and sound files for almost all the hymns in the 1982 Hymnal. Click on the link below....
Oremus Online Hymnal

This is a VERY rich resource, with hymns available from many other hymnals as well.
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