St James Manotick Choir


Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100: 1-3

Or, putting it another way –


Our Purpose: To Lead in the music of worship to the glory of God.

Director: Ellen Badcock

Practice: Thursdays @ 7:00 pm, Sept – June, in the McGregor Room

Choir History

Ellen Badcock, Director of Music

The choir of St James the Apostle was established in 1896. The names of the early organists are intertwined with parish history. Among them was Miss Annie Tomkins (the family after whom Tomkins Hall is named). She married Mr. Johnson Clapp, after whom Clapp Lane is named.

Over the years we have been blessed with caring and able choir directors and singers who have helped to build and maintain a strong musical presence within the parish. We welcome new members and hope that they in turn will help to provide a musical setting for worship. 

Our Choir family is a welcoming, supportive group. We come together for two or three social activities a year, such as a summer barbeque, Christmas party, etc. We remember birthdays and other celebrations of our members. If anyone (or a member of their family) is sick, we are a support. We keep in touch with members who have moved, inviting them join us for special occasions, and more recently because of the pandemic, we gather virtually every week to sing together, share news and catch up.

The choir presents special musical arrangements or events such as Sweet Suite, a musical tribute to our departed friend and choir member Heather, or virtual choir projects at Christmas and Easter during the Covid pandemic lockdowns.  

New members are always welcome. If you’re interested in participating, don’t be shy! Contact Ellen ( to ask about joining one of our Virtual Choir Gatherings (VCG) during the pandemic, or about joining us at one of our in-person practices on Thursdays at 7:00 pm (September to June) once in-person singing is allowed again. During the summer, simply turn up on a Sunday morning in the McGregor Room for a short practice before the 10am service.

Choir News and Coming Events