The Cherwell Singers are an Oxford-based, mixed-voice chamber choir, founded in 1977. We sing all types of music from the late Middle Ages to the present day - including mainstays of the choral repertoire and lesser-known, even obscure, works. We place a high value on musicianship, aiming to perform to a consistently high standard.
We give three public concerts per year in central Oxford, and also perform at private functions, including conferences and weddings.
James Brown was organ scholar at Girton College, Cambridge before studying at the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva with world renowned organist Lionel Rogg. From there he spent two years as Guest Artist in Residence at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas, USA and was a graduate research assistant at Texas Tech University.
On returning to England James was organist at Dean Close School, Cheltenham for seven years and Director of Music at Christchurch, Cheltenham. He was also accompanist to the Cheltenham Bach choir and played for them twice on BBC’s Songs of Praise.
James moved to Oxford in 2006 where he is Organist of the University Church, Oxford and a tenor lay clerk in the Choir of New College Oxford. He also sings with Collegium Vocale, Ghent (director Phillipe Herreweghe) and Ex Cathedra.