Anglican Singers



St. James is blessed to host The Anglican Singers, an independently organized choir-in-residence which is 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.  In the summer of 2017 the choral group was the choir in residence for two weeks at Exeter and Truro Cathedrals in Cornwall, England.

The Music Director of the Anglican Singers is Benjamin Straley, Assistant Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex and previously the organist and associate music director at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  He was named one of the "Top 20 Under 30" young organists in America by The Diapason magazine.  Organist of the Anglican Singers is Simon Holt, a graduate of The Royal College of Music in London and Executive Director of the Thames Valley Music School in New London.

The 2019-20 season will include an entertainment evening fundraiser on Saturday, November 16 at 6 PM at St. James for the group's trip to Worchester, England in the summer of 2020.

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2019-2020 Season Schedule                          

Unless otherwise noted services are held at:
St. James Episcopal Church
76 Federal Street
New London, CT 06320-6601


September 22, 2019 – 4 PM
Choral Vespers at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church at 10 Huntington Avenue in New London


November 10, 2019 - 5 PM

Choral Evensong


December 15, 2019 - 5 PM

A service of Lessons and Carols for Advent


Introit ~ A tender shoot ~ Otto Goldschmidt
Carol ~ Adam lay ybounden ~ Peter Warlock
Carol ~ Jesus Christ the Apple Tree ~ Elizabeth Poston
Anthem ~ And the glory of the Lord (Messiah) ~ G. F. Handel
Carol ~ There is no Rose of such virtue ~ Philip Stopford
Carol ~ Angelus ad virginem ~ arr. Andrew Carter
Carol ~ Bogoroditse Devo ~ Sergei Rachmaninov
Carol ~ In the bleak midwinter ~ Harold Darke
Carol ~ Resonemus laudibus ~ arr. David Willcocks
and congregational carols


December 21, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Christmas Concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Westbrook, CT


January 26, 2020 - 5 PM

Choral Evensong


Introit - When to the temple Mary went - Eccard

Responses - Radcliffe

Psalm - 103, Benedic, anima mea

Canticles - Evening Service in G - Jackson

Anthem - O for a thousand tongues to sing - Shephard


March 1, 2020 - 5 PM

Choral Evensong


Introit - Te lucis ante terminum - Talis

Responses - Ayleward

Psalm - 103, Benedic, anima mea

Canticles - Evening Service in G minor - Purcell

Anthem - They that go down to the sea in ships - Sumsion