James Griffett’s solo career has taken him all over East and West Europe, South America, India, Hong Kong and Japan, singing in international festivals and recording for radio, television and in the studio, with an extensive list of oratorio and recital CDs.
He is particularly known as a soloist on the oratorio platform, with baroque repertoire such as Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Handel works featuring strongly. He is on three CD recordings of the Vespers and has sung the piece over a hundred times, with choirs such as the Tolzer Knabenchor, Aachener Domchor, Montserrat Choir of Spain and King’s College Cambridge. As the founder of Pro Cantione Antiqua, many of these performances have been with this soloist-ensemble that has recorded dozens of CDs, from plainchant to Edwardian partsongs.
Alongside this repertoire, James has had a great interest in performing music by C20th composers, with Geoffrey Burgon, Stanley Vann, John Tavener and Flor Peeters having written works or roles especially for him. He gave many recitals with Peeters, subsequently giving several commemorative concerts in the Flanders Festival in Mechelen.
Among many recital CDs are Stanford Songs, Warlock’s “The Curlew”, Lieder with guitarist Tim Walker and Britten’s “Abraham and Isaac”, with countertenor Paul Esswood.
Alongside his performing, James teaches and gives masterclasses nationally and internationally and include the universities of Oxford, Nottingham and Newcastle, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, the Prague Conservatoire and the Antwerp Conservatoire, and, for many years taught and directed the talented young Choral Scholars at Bradford Grammar School, a group he founded, and Northern Youth. He also runs Choral Weekends in the UK and an October Choral Week in Provence.