James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time music career in 1996.
Concert appearances include Berlioz L’enfance du Christ/Monteverdi Choir at the Proms, Haydn The Seasons/St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Elgar Dream of Gerontius/Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers/The King\’s Consort, Mozart Requiem/Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Tippett’s The Knot Garden/BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, and Bach Christmas Oratorio/Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman.
A keen recitalist, appearances include the Brighton Festival with harpist Alison Nicholls and at the Wigmore Hall with the pianist Anna Tilbrook, with whom he has recorded a CD of Finzi songs for Linn Records.
Operatic performances include Quint in Turn of the Screw, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti, Scaramuccio in Strauss\’ Ariadne Auf Naxos, Vaughan Williams\’ Sir John in Love at the Barbican for Radio 3 and Evandre in Alceste at La Monnaie in Brussels.
James’ many recordings include Bach St Matthew Passion (Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh), Rachmaninov Vespers (EMI/Kings College, Cambridge), Rameau Cantatas (ASV), Grainger songs (Chandos), Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir, and Vaughan William’s A Poisoned Kiss and the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring with Richard Hickox for Chandos.