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Choir of St. James Releases First Commercial Recording

Buonemani surveys the historical canon of chants, modes, texts, and textures through the rich sonic tapestry of sacred music through the centuries.

“Buonemani’s beautifully evocative setting…a welcome discovery.”


The CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES is happy to announce the release of their first commercial CD on the GOTHIC label – “O Beauty Ever Ancient Ever New”.

The Choir performs the music of Cristóbal Morales, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ola Gjeilo, Vytautas Miškinis, Francis Poulenc, William Walton, Edward Bairstow, and James Buonemani, whose title work features the Choir with Orchestra.

The Choir of Saint James is made up of amateur and professional adult musicians from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Under the direction of Organist and Choirmaster James Buonemani, it is the first American choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The Choir of Saint James has been honored to serve three times as Westminster Abbey’s choir-in-residence during the months of August 1999, 2006, and 2010. Under Buonemani’s direction since 1995, the Choir of Saint James presents concerts with full orchestra featuring many of the great choral masterpieces in addition to weekly services and monthly evensongs.

Copies of O BEAUTY EVER ANCIENT EVER NEW are available in the parish hall after services at St. James in-the-City.

Order a copy online.