James Llewelyn Jones B Mus (Hons), M Mus
James’s passion for choral singing was enriched as a member of the National Youth Choirs of Wales and Great Britain; he was also a founder member of the National Chamber Choir. His musical education continued in Birmingham where he gained his B Mus (Hons) and M Mus degrees with distinction.
He has worked with some of the world’s leading children’s choirs in Chicago and Toronto, spent 11 years conducting the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and was involved in the formation of the National Children’s Training Choir GB as well as Dulce Corum (the National Girls’ Chamber Choir). He was also the conductor of Canzonetta Children’s Choirs of Manchester – formerly the internationally acclaimed Manchester Boys’ choir.
Since 2006, James has been the Musical Director of the Birmingham Canoldir Male Choir, and took on new challenges last year when he was appointed as the MD of The Rhos Male Voice Choir – it had been a childhood dream of his to lead one of the top Welsh choirs. Based in a small village Rhosllanerchrugog of around 9,000 inhabitants, Rhos has become widely acknowledged as one of the best of its kind in the country.
In September 2014, James was appointed Musical Director of the Midlands Hospitals’ Choir – loved by all singers, he has worked us hard to improve our performances and extend our repertoire. When he’s not conducting or singing himself, he teaches singing in various schools to both individuals and groups.
James was excited enough to be going to the Coldplay concert in Cardiff in July 2017, but then got an amazing request to sing Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (the national anthem of Wales) at the end of the concert. The following day, Coldplay asked him to do it all again alongside actor Rob Brydon. What an amazing, magical experience!