Our conductor James Slimings joined us in 2013. He has recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Masters degree in Vocal Performance, under the tutelage of Amand Hekkers.
While at the RCS, he was involved in collaborations with Scottish Opera (War and Peace, Cunning Little Vixen) the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Taverner Maxwell Davis) and the RSNO (Les Noces Tenor Soloist). He was also involved in the new RCS Voices group and every chamber choir performance, taking many solos. With RCS Voices, James performed The Rakes Progress with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As a conductor, James currently works with; GCCS, GCU Choir, Hadley Court Singers and RCS Voices. In 2012-13 he was Alexander Gibson Fellow with the RSNO, leading rehearsals and helping prepare the chorus for conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Oundjin and Christopher Bell. A keen educationalist, James has worked with the RCS Junior Department as pianist and conductor, preparing a chorus for a production with the BBC SSO for Radio 3. He is a section leader with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain working with their changing voices group, and with the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain he went to the American Choral Directors Association 2015 conference in Salt Lake City. He has also given lectures for the Princes Teaching Institute, workshops for Pimlico Academy and Lancaster Royal Grammar School and works with the BEd course at the RCS.
In demand as a singer across the UK, James has performed in Rigoletto with Longborough Festival Opera and as a soloist at many choral society concerts. As part of the Turner Prize nominated performance DOUG, he has been singing and conducting at the Tramway, Glasgow.
Aside from his interest in Lego, James is currently studying for a PhD at the RCS and St Andrews University in using technology in the choral rehearsal. To find out more about James, visit www.jamesslimings.com or follow him on twitter @jamesslimings