BMus (Hons) (Birmingham Conservatoire), MA (Roehampton)
James Davey is one of the UK's most distinguished and respected young choral directors, in demand for his work as a conductor, choir trainer, choral education practitioner, arranger and adjudicator.
A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire and Roehampton University, where he gained his MA in Choral Education, James studied conducting with the ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors) and under many eminent choral figures, including; Peter Broadbent, Therees Hibbard, Mike Brewer, Paul Spicer, Ralph Allwood and Bob Chilcott. He has since returned to teach conducting for both Roehampton University and the ABCD, and is on the ABCD's Council of Practitioners.
Formerly the chief choral advisor for the BBC's sheet music archive, James has delivered projects for the BBC Singers Education Department as workshop leader and mentor, as well as regularly conducting and preparing choirs for broadcasts on TV and radio.
James began his musical career as a chorister and brass player, gaining a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire to study trumpet and cornet, where, during his final year, he formed his first choir. This first experience of conducting, inspired by singing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the critically acclaimed Laudibus, marked a significant turning point and James was allowed to adapt his Bmus degree course to reflect this change in direction, even though no official courses in Choral Conducting were available from the Conservatoire at the time.
James is in demand across the UK, and his current posts include: Musical Director of Chantage, BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2006 (which he founded in 1999 on taking up residency at St Paul's Cathedral School as Music Assistant), the Aylesbury Festival Choir, the Chandos Chamber Choir, the Fleet Singers, and a number of office choirs, including; 4Tunes (Channel 4's own staff choir). He is also Chief Music Consultant and Workshop Leader for the Music Of Life Foundation, a charity providing opportunities for talented special needs children to learn and perform at an advanced level.
James is also a Choir Trainer and tutor for ARK Schools, the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Junior Trinity College of Music, an Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a tutor for the Cranleigh Choral Week, the Ingenium Academy, the Sherborne Summer School of Music and the Music of Life Foundation.
Faculties / departments: Junior Department
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