JAMES VIVIAN is the Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle where he directs the professional choir of men and boys in the singing of the daily office. The choir was founded in 1348 and regularly sings in the presence of the Queen. In addition to the choir's work within the Chapel, it has won acclaim for its singing in concerts and recordings, both in Windsor and elsewhere. Previously, he was Director of Music & Organist of London’s famous Temple Church.
James Vivian 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-
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 the Royal Academy of Music 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.
In 2003, James co-
Under James Vivian's direction, the Temple Church Choir received critical acclaim and appeared on recordings and broadcast frequently. Concert performances of the choir included St John's Smith Square, an appearance at the opening concert of the Britten Centenary celebrations at the Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh in 2012 to sing Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, and a performance of Walton’s film music for Henry V with the Aurora Orchestra.
James' recent engagements as an organist and conductor have taken him to USA (including Yale University and The Curtis Institute of Music), Germany and Italy.