James McVinnie was Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey between 2008 and 2011, where he played for regular services and directed the Abbey's world-famous choir.
He also played at many state occasions and special services of national importance which were broadcast live on television, including the 2011 Royal Wedding. Prior to his appointment to the Abbey, he held similar positions at St Paul's Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, and at Clare College, Cambridge where he studied music. Since leaving the world of church music, he now divides his time between playing as a soloist and collaborating with some of the world's leading contemporary composers and performers, including Nico Muhly, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sufjan Stevens, Nadia Sirota and Liam Byrne, In addition to his time in the organ loft, has recently become active as a pianist. He appears regularly at London's Royal Festival Hall, Union Chapel and Barbican Centre as well as at festivals across the UK, Europe and USA.