The Senior Organ Scholar plays a key role in the Music Foundation, assisting in the training of the choristers and sharing in the playing and conducting of the daily services.
JAMES KEALEY is currently the Senior Organ Scholar/Second Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral where his duties include regularly accompanying the Cathedral Choirs as well as helping train the choristers, manage the music library and work closely with the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society as Assistant Conductor.
A recent graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, James received a degree in Music whilst being the Senior Organ Scholar to the renowned Chapel Choir. In this capacity, James accompanied the Chapel Choir in their weekly round of services, as well as CD recordings, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and concerts. Prior to this, James was Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral, regularly accompanying the Cathedral Choir, and was the Principal Accompanist to the Young People’s Choir and Schola Cantorum. Whilst at sixth form, James was Organ Student at Chester Cathedral where he regularly worked with the choristers and occasionally playing and conducting the Cathedral Choir and Nave Choir.
Becoming increasingly more active as a recitalist, James has performed at Chester, Blackburn, Southwark and Newcastle, Truro and Rochester, Blackburn, Gloucester, Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals with future recitals at Bradford and Chester Cathedrals and has recently secured recitals in the USA in early 2017 including a recital at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, NYC and Trinity Church, Boston, MA.