James Short is the Director of Music at St Mark’s following a year as the Organist-in-Residence, 2020-21. Prior to this, James was the Parry-Wood organ scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, where he earned a First Class degree in Music and studied the organ with William Whitehead and Christian Wilson.
He began his musical career on the piano and was a chorister at St Leonard’s, Hythe. He began his organ studies at the age of 13, going on to study with David Newsholme at Canterbury Cathedral.
In 2017, James was awarded Runner-Up in the Marlowe Young Musician of the Year competition in Canterbury, where he performed Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. As an organist, James has competed on an international level, reaching the finals of the 2017 and 2020 Northern Ireland International Organ Competition; he is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and was a recipient of the Dr John Birch Scholarship.
In January 2018, James featured as organist on Exeter College Choir’s well-received CD ‘Mater Mundi’, and appears as conductor on their latest CD ‘This is truly the House of God’.