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.
During his time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, James was been involved in every RCS VOICES project, taking solos numerous times. He has also been involved with the Conservatoire's 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, and RCS Voices. He was also 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 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. He was also a performer for Fronteiras Theatre Lab's Canto X performed as part of the Manipulate Rising Star's series.
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 performed oratorio throughout the UK, including with Greenwich University Choir, Cleavland Philharmonic Choir, and Brentwood Choral Society. He has also given recitals for the West End Festival and Dumbartonshire Librarys.