James Slimings (2014 to 2020)

JAMES SLIMINGS is a PhD candidate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Andrew’s University studying how trained singers perform together in an ensemble setting. Graduating with an MMus in 2015, James studied singing under Amand Hekkers and Iain Paton. He is currently Director of Music at The Robin Chapel, Edinburgh, and conducts Glasgow Cathedral Choral Society.

As RCS Choral Coordinator, he is instrumental in the delivery of vocal ensemble provision there. He conducts the RCS Chorale, has curated and conducted collaborations with the RCS Chamber Choir, and conduced and chorus prepared RCS VOICES on numerous occasions in concert.  With the Alexander Gibson Opera School, James has Chorus Mastered Street SceneDie FledermausDido and Aneas, Ūhte and Miraculous Mandarin (both recorded with the BBC SSO) in 2019 he was Assistant Conductor for the UK Staged Premiere of Heggies Dead Man Walking. In 2013, James was the Alexander Gibson Fellow with the RSNO, working to prepare choruses for Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, and Christopher Bell and has given pre-concert talks and education workshops for this organization.

James is actively involved with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, conducting their Boys and Cambiata choir, delivering large scale workshops, and teaching their young leaders ensemble leadership skills.  James has been invited to speak at the Princes Teaching Institute Summer Residential at Homerton College, Cambridge, has presented his research at the Music, Education, and Technology conference in London, and the Symposium on the Histories and Practices of Choral Singing in Lund, Sweden. He has also presented at the Conservatoires UK Research Students conference, and the Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities Doctoral Showcase. He is also a quality assurance officer for QAA Scotland, and a Student Reviewer for MUSIQUE (the European wide Higher Music Education quality assurance agency). James has also delivered workshops and paper presentations on the future of doctoral study in the Conservatoire sector, most notably at the Association of European Conservatoires Learning and Teaching Conference in Oslo, Norway.

He enjoys Lego models and penguins, occasionally at the same time. Follow him on Twitter @jamesslimings.