Repertoire: Choral, Church, expansive knowledge of choral repertoire and solo organ repertoire
Trained: Blackburn Cathedral – Organ Scholar (2012 – 2013)
Royal Holloway, University of London – BMus(Hons) (2013 – 2016)
The Choir of Royal Holloway – Organ Scholar (2013 – 2016)
Wells Cathedral – Senior Organ Scholar/Second Assistant Organist (2016 – 2017)
Profile: An accomplished organist and choral conductor, James is the Senior Organ Scholar/Second Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral, where he regularly accompanies the Cathedral Choirs in their daily worship in the Cathedral, assists with the musical training of choristers (the probationer choristers in particular), manages the vast music library, and is Assistant Conductor of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society. A graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, James received a degree in Music whilst being the Senior Organ Scholar to the renowned Chapel Choir. In this capacity, James accompanied the Royal Holloway Chapel Choir in the weekly round of services and in concerts, as well as on CD recordings and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Prior to this, James was Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral, regularly accompanying the Cathedral Choir, and was the Principal Accompanist to the Young People’s Choir and Schola Cantorum. James’ duties at Blackburn also involved teaching singing and music to children in schools as part of an outreach project, and he was Music Librarian to nine choirs. Whilst still at school, James was Organ Student at Chester Cathedral.
As a recitalist, James has performed across the UK, including at Liverpool, Gloucester and Rochester Cathedrals, and has performed extensively in Europe, Canada and the North East USA.
James is available to play for weddings, funerals, church services, choral services, and to conduct choirs and orchestras.
“I just wanted to say how grateful I am to you for recommending James to play at my daughter’s wedding.James played beautifully and transformed the church for all who were there. Can you please pass on my sincere thanks to James for a job well done.” Mr D Scully, 2017.