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Gilchrist, James (29th April 1966-Present)

He is a tenor born in Banbury, England, who became a chorister at his local church when he was eight years old.

He was a chorister at King’s College, Oxford, and studied at Winchester College and as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge but his chosen career was that of a doctor of medicine.  He entered this profession initially and stayed in it while singing part-time successfully for several years.

He then made the decision to choose a life as a professional singer on a full-time basis when he was thirty.

Going from strength his career has seen him performing as an ensemble member and soloist in recitals, operas and choral concerts all over the world and covering works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Hector Berlioz, Benjamin Britten, William Byrd, Gilbert & Sullivan, George Frederic Handel, Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams and many more.

Some of the many orchestras and ensembles he has performed and recorded with through the course of his career to date include the Academy of Ancient Music, the Bach Collegium Japan, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the King’s Consort, the Monteverdi Choir, the Northern Sinfonia, Oxford Camerata, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Sixteen, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Tallis Scholars.

His recordings are many and include his own Oh Fair to See (sings by Gerald Finzi) and Ralph Vaughan Williams – On Wenlock Edge as well as John Taverner: Total Eclipse; Agrophon with the Academy of Ancient Music, Bach: Ascencion Cantatas with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, A Marriage of England and Burgundy with the Binchois Consort, Vivaldi: Gloria with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Romantic Residues with Alison Nicholls, Byrd: Mass for Four Voices by Oxford Camerata, The Far Country: 26 English Songs by John Jeffreys with Anna Tilbrook and Britten: Albert Herring.

Working in collaborations, he has been heard with the harpist Alison Nicholls and the pianist Anna Tilbrook and is currently working as a much sought after recitalist and soloist.

Here he is performing a solo on “Every Valley Shall Be Exalted” from Handel’s Messiah