|Birmingham Canoldir Male Choir
James Llewelyn Jones B Mus (Hons). M Mus.
Musical Director & Conductor
ames was born in New Zealand and raised in Montgomeryshire. He was, for many years bass section leader of the National Youth Choirs of Wales and Great Britain and a founder member of the National Chamber Choir. His musical education continued at Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained his B Mus (Hons) and M Mus.
James conducted the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain for some 11 years, where his initiatives saw the formation of the National Children’s Training Choir GB and also Dulce Corum (the National Girls’ Chamber Choir).
He also has a long association with;
European Union Children’s Chorus (Hungary)
Senior Choirs and Chamber Choir of Edgbaston High School for Girls, Birmingham.
Phoenix Singers, Bournville (Musical Director).
Four Counties Youth Choir; Wales (Vocal Tutor).
Youth Music Great Britain (Vocal Tutor).
National Association of Choirs (Choral Clinician & Workshop Leader)
He was also the conductor of Canzonetta Children’s Choirs of Manchester – formally the internationally acclaimed Manchester Boys’ Choir.
In 2006, James succeeded D. Clive Griffiths M.B.E as Director of Canoldir. He immediately led the choir to success at the Jersey International Choral Festival; winning gold in the Male Voice Choir Competition, qualifying them for the Choir of Choir’s competition. They triumphed again winning the coveted “Jenner’s Trophy,” (the Jury’s prize for best musical interpretation of the festival) which was awarded by Sir David Willcocks who said of Canoldir, “This is how Male Voice Choirs should, but rarely sound.”
More recently, following Canoldir’s successes in winning 3 major prizes at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival, Europe’s largest male choral festival, James was commended by the International Jury for his innovative competitive programme and the choir’s unique style and consistently high, technically assured performance.
James has toured extensively to America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Italy; Poland and France leading to invitations to lead workshops in Sydney, Canberra and New Zealand from the Australian and New Zealand Choral Federations.
He is in great demand as a choral clinician and workshop leader and in 2011 he returned to Chicago at the invitation of the Association of American Choral Directors following a successful visit in 2008 conducted a massed symposium of 400 children for the Glen Ellen Children’s Chorus.
He has twice been invited to work with the Toronto Children’s Chorus – firmly regarded as the finest children’s choir in the World.
In 2010 James was invited to be a guest conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus- Seniors.
Under his direction the Senior Choirs and Chamber Choir from Edgbaston High School for Girls’ performed to great acclaim. In 2010 they had the great honour of appearing as Guest Artistes for Hayley Westenra’s ‘Christmas Wishes’ concert at Symphony Hall which also featured X Factor’s Rydian Roberts.
James has tutored and prepared the youth choirs for the annual BBC Radio 3 St.David’s Day Concert in St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, including new works by Karl Jenkins conducted by the composer.
James has recently been invited to become a Choral Clinician and workshop leader for the National Association of Choirs.
Founding Musical Director