Music Director

Stanmore Choral Society is currently in the process of appointing a new musical director and the committee hopes to make an announcement before the end of January. We are very grateful for the interest shown in this post by some marvellous musicians – we were truly spoiled for choice and are really looking forward to an exciting future when the new MD is chosen.

James Mooney-Dutton

James Mooney-Dutton was educated at the Royal College of Music where he
studied with Margaret Phillips and as a Music Scholar at Harrow School.
He has held organ scholarships at Norwich Cathedral and the Royal Parish
Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He began his musical education as a
chorister at Westminster Abbey where he sang at the funeral of the late
Diana, Princess of Wales.

As a recitalist James has performed at St James’s Cathedral Toronto,
Magdalen College Oxford, Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church in
Cambridge, St Andrew’s Church Holborn, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Norwich
Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, St Andrew’s Hall Norwich, Queen’s College
Oxford and Tewkesbury Abbey as well as performing at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival.

He has strong musical associations with Canada and regularly travels
there to perform. Performances have included accompanying tenor Mark
Dubois, baritone Bruno Cormier and the choir of St Peter’s Erindale,
Toronto in a Good Friday performance of Stainer’s The Crucifixion. He
also accompanied the choir of St Peter’s during their UK tour to Lincoln
Cathedral, St George’s Chapel Windsor and Southwark Cathedral.
James is active as a church musician and accompanist, working regularly
with a variety of ensembles and has been Stanmore Choral Society’s
accompanist since 2007.

James has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as appearing on
Songs of Praise. He also worked with a group of staff singers from Guys
and St Thomas’s Hospital preparing over a few weeks for a live Sunday
Morning broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Sunday worship to celebrate the life
and work of Florence Nightingale.

James was, for 11 years, Director of Music at St Lawrence Eastcote and
since September 2017 has been Director of Music at St James the Apostle
Church, Bushey. When not engaged in all things musical, James can be
found spending time with his family, walking his dogs and managing, with
his wife Laura, the family business – James Funeral Service on Belmont
Circle, Harrow.