James Morley Potter
CONDUCTOR & WRITER
James enjoys a multifaceted musical portfolio encompassing conducting, singing, and writing.
He is Director of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, one of the most active choirs of its type in the country, singing over a hundred services a year in Oxford's Cathedral. He is also Director of Music at St Mary's Church, Battersea, in London. Previous appointments include Musical Director of The Arcadian Singers of Oxford, Director of Music at All Saints', Headington, and Master of the Music at Pusey House. He holds diplomas in choral direction and organ performance from the Royal College of Organists, including the John Brooke (IAO) Memorial Prize for highest mark in practical choral directing.
Prior to beginning a conducting career, James studied at The Queen's College, Oxford, and sang professionally for several years in the renowned choral foundations of Magdalen College and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. During this time he performed on critically-acclaimed recordings, and on tours to the USA and China. He has toured and recorded with all of the city's major collegiate choirs, and sung for many of London's professional church choirs, including Westminster Cathedral, Brompton Oratory, and All Saints', Margaret Street.
James is also in demand as a writer on music, having contributed programme notes and essays to groups including The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall's Musick, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Dunedin Consort, and others. He has also lectured on early music performance for the University of Oxford's Continuing Education Department.