James O’Donnell

MA, FRCO, Hon RAM, KCSG, Hon DMus

Choral Conducting - Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting
Organ - Visiting Professor of Organ

Organist at Westminster Abey

In demand as a soloist and gives recitals all over the world

James O’Donnell has been Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey since January 2000 and enjoys a varied career as a conductor and internationally renowned organist. Foremost among his responsibilities at Westminster Abbey is the direction of the Abbey Choir, in both its daily choral services and its extensive programme of concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings.

He has worked with some of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles and made his BBC Proms debut in 1992. He has appeared in recital throughout Europe, North America and Australasia, and in October 2003 gave the opening concert in the Royal Festival Hall’s series to mark the 50th anniversary of its organ. His current schedule includes recitals in the United States and Russia. From 1997 until 2004 he was a professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is now a Visiting Professor of Organ and Choral Conducting.

Photo by Malcolm Crowthers.

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