Founder-Directors Michael Hancock and Charles Harrison were succeeded in 2004 by James Grossmith, now Chorus Master of Scottish Opera, and in 2007 by Edward Caswell, respected choral director and teacher in the UK and abroad.
is an orchestral, choral and operatic conductor based in Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
musical training as a music scholar at Charterhouse before being elected organ scholar of Clare College
Whilst at Clare
acted as Musical Director of Cambridge Chamber Opera
, in which capacity he
directed productions of Mozart's Così fan tutte, Bizet's Carmen, and Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna.
In 1998 James was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Cranleigh School and Assistant Conductor of the Cranleigh and Godalming choral societies.
also directed the vocal octet Claritas in a number of recordings for the Etcetera label, including an award winning recording of sacred polyphony by Luca Marenzio.
In 2001 James
won a scholarship for postgraduate conducting studies under Martyn Brabbins and Dr Alasdair Mitchell at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
and moved to Glasgow.
James was appointed Assistant Conductor for Haddo Opera's 2003 production of Lucia di Lammermoor and subsequently became Musical Director of the company.
After completing his
conducting studies in July 2003, James
was awarded the Hugh S Robertson prize for Orchestral Conducting, the Peter Morrison Prize for contributions to the musical life of the Academy and the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company
In 2004 he
completed a year of prize winning studies as a repetiteur scholar at the Academy.
James was Director of Choral Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama until the end of 2005.
In January 2006 he
was appointed Chorusmaster of Scottish Opera
He is Director of Chapel Music at the University of Glasgow.
In addition to his work at Scottish Opera James has directed the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera for All, the London Sinfonietta, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the Aberdeen Sinfonietta, and the Paragon Ensemble.
James continues to work with the Wordsworth Singers as a guest conductor.
personal website is www.jamesgrossmith.com