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James Vivian FRCO (born 1974) is Organist & Director of Music at St George's Chapel, Windsor.[1] In this role, he has been responsible for providing music at Royal occasions including the marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the marriage of HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank.

He was educated as a Music Scholar at Malvern College. He was acting-Assistant Organist of Lincoln Cathedral (1992-3) and was Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge (1993-7). He studied the organ with Dr John Bishop, David Sanger, Philip Marshall, Colin Walsh and was awarded a scholarship to study with Marie-Louise Langlais in Paris. He was a prizewinner in the FRCO diploma.

From 2006 until 2013, he was Director of Music of the historic Temple Church in London, where he presided over the choir of men and boys. In 2012, he oversaw the complete renovation of the 1924 Harrison & Harrison organ with the organ builders. This work included complete tonal rebalancing, adding six new stops to the Great Organ in the 1920's style, and reverting some of the previous decades' changes back to the original specification.

He has recorded on many labels (including Decca, EMI, Universal, SonyBMG, Hyperion Records, Signum and Priory) and has broadcast and performed concerts worldwide. He has been an examiner for both The Royal College of Organists and The Royal Academy of Music.

He is married to the concert organist, Ann Elise Smoot.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Stephen Layton
Director of Music, Temple Church
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Roger Sayer
Preceded by
Timothy Byram-Wigfield
Director of Music, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
2013-
Succeeded by
incumbent