Dr James Whitbourn
Director of Music
James Whitbourn is the Director of Music at St Edmund Hall.
Dr James Whitbourn is an internationally-renowned composer and an award-winning conductor. Recognised by The Observer as ‘a truly original communicator in modern British choral music’, his career in music began in the BBC, for whom he has worked as composer, conductor, producer and presenter. With four Grammy nominations to his name among many other international awards, his compositions are admired for their ability to ‘expand the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical styles’ (NPR). A graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, he held a Senior Research Fellowship at St Stephen’s House before joining the Hall in 2020.
James Whitbourn is exclusively published by Oxford University Press, having previously held a long-term publishing agreement with Chester Music from 2001 to 2019. Across all genres, he has more than more than ninety published compositions. Among other research interests, he leads the ‘Music Egypt’ project supported by TORCH, holding a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship from 2019-2021. His works have been performed in many prestigious venues, and there are six complete discs of his choral music, alongside representation on many compilation albums.