James Neville (countertenor) began his musical training as a chorister of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral directed by his late father, Dr David Neville. His studies continued at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he sang as an Academical Clerk and graduated in Modern History. He went on to study further at the University of Cambridge, completing an MPhil in Musicology at King’s College. At Cambridge he studied conducting with Stephen Layton and was a Choral Scholar in the world-famous King’s College Choir, featuring as a soloist in the Royal Albert Hall and in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast by the BBC to an estimated audience of well over 100 million listeners.

James works with some of the UK’s leading conductors, ensembles and soloists. Solo engagements include Bach B Minor Mass (Gloucester and Llandaff cathedrals), Bach Christmas Oratorio (Cambridge University Concert Hall), Bach Magnificat (Reading University Great Hall), Bach St John Passion (Hereford, Norwich and Ripon cathedrals) and St Matthew Passion (Colston Hall and Hereford Cathedral), Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chester Town Hall), Handel Israel in Egypt (St Albans Cathedral and St Martin-in-the-Fields), Handel Judas Maccabaeus (King’s College Chapel), Handel Messiah (Wells Cathedral, Colston Hall and York Minster), Handel Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Llandaff Cathedral), Mozart Requiem (Rochester Cathedral) and Vivaldi Gloria (St David’s Hall, Bruges and Ghent cathedrals).