James Slimings BMus (Hons), MMus is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and St Andrew's University. During his singing studies, James was in the studio of Amand Hekkers and Iain Paton.
Since being at the Royal Conservatoire, James has been involved in every Royal Conservatoire Choir and Consort project, taking solos numerous times. He has also been involved with the Conservatoire collaboration with Scottish Opera, appearing in War and Peace (Chorus), Cunning Little Vixen (Chorus) and Betrothal in a Monastery (Chorus & Servant 1). He has also been involved in Conservatoire productions of Le Nozze di Figaro (Chorus) and Coronation of Poppea (Famigliari). He was also Chorus in Taverner by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra broadcast on Radio 3.
In 2015, James worked with Longborough Festival Opera in their production of Rigoletto (Chorus). He also performed the role of Apparition of a Youth in Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten with Edinburgh Players Opera Group. In 2016, he also performed the role of Mr Box in Cox and Box in an intimate, immersive setting at West Brewery with James' company, Scottish Consort.
Chorally, James sings with Ludus Baroque, Glasgow Cathedral Choir, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain (with whom he went to the American Choral Directors Association conference in Salt Lake City), St Mary’s Cathedral and RCS Voices. He has also sung as a Layclerk with Glasgow University Chapel Choir singing the role of Das Jungling in Schumman's Das Paradise und die Perriman with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. As part of his conducting fellowship with the RSNO, James has also sang with the RSNO Chorus with many esteemed conductors.
As part of the Turner Prize nominated work DOUG (2015), James performed not only as a singer, but also as a conductor, helping to facilitate the exhibition experience of this work by Janet Kerbel over a 3 month run to an audience of tens of thousands.
James was awarded a Commendation at the Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing in 2010. He has also been awarded the Preston Simpson/ Sterndale Scholarship Trust for over 5 years.
In great demand as a both a soloist and choral singer, James has formed relationships with many choirs and choral societies in the west of Scotland including; Uriel in Creation with Angus Choral Society, Tenor Soloist in Carmina Burana and Arthur in King Arthur with Dundee University Music Society and Tenor Soloist in Les Noces with the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also given recitals for the West End Festival and Dumbartonshire Librarys.