Details of our next Open Workshop to follow.
James Vivian is Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, a position he took up in September 2013. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, where he held the prestigious Dr AH Mann Organ Scholarship. During these four years, he worked closely with its world-famous choir; his duties included playing for the annual A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast to tens of millions worldwide. Before Cambridge, he was Acting-Assistant Organist of Lincoln Cathedral. He was a prize-winner in the Fellowship examination of the Royal College of Organists, and was awarded a scholarship to study the French organ repertoire for two years with Marie-Louise Langlais in Paris. James has appeared in many Festivals (including the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh, The Three Choirs Festival, and the Lincoln Festival in New York City), and has played recitals and concerts throughout the world (including Japan, Brazil, South Africa, USA, Bermuda and Europe). He has also been an examiner for the Royal College of Organists and has broadcast on many national radio stations as a soloist. James has recorded with labels such as Decca, Signum Classics, Priory, Sony BMG, EMI and Hyperion.
For seventeen years, James was a member of the Music Department of the Temple Church in London; from 2006-13, he was Director of Music and Organist. During this seven year period he directed the professional choir of men and boys of whom the Gramophone commented, ‘The Temple Church Choir is among the very best’. In addition to its liturgical commitments serving the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, the choir recorded and broadcast frequently. Recently, the choir performed at St John’s Smith Square, and at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh. James was Artistic Adviser to the year-long 2008 Temple Festival and was founder of three professional ensembles – The Temple Players, The Temple Singers and Temple Brass – with whom he presented concerts, including oratorio and other large-scale choral works, opera, and a popular series of Cantata Concerts. He has also worked with the BBC Singers, Holst Singers, Polyphony, and the Aurora Orchestra.
As an organist and conductor, James’s recent engagements have taken him to USA (including Yale University and The Curtis Institute of Music), Germany and Italy.