James Whitbourn

Director of Music

James Whitbourn is the Director of Music at St Edmund Hall.

James is an award-winning conductor and internationally-renowned composer. 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, James currently holds a Senior Research Fellowship at St Stephen’s House and a TORCH Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in the Humanities Division where he is working on a ‘Music Egypt’ project. He has completed residencies at Princeton University and Northern Illinois University and co-Directs the Westminster Choir College Choral Institute for choral conductors each summer. His works have been performed in many prestigious venues, and there are six complete discs of his choral music, the latest of which was released last week.

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