Hailed as “a great organist” displaying “phenomenal technique and sheer musicality” (Bloomberg News), James Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working internationally as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and composer. A specialist in the realm of early music, he has collaborated with the likes of William Christie, Richard Egarr, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Monica Huggett, Julian Wachner, and many others. He has given solo harpsichord concerts throughout the United States and Europe to great acclaim and was Music Director of the Carmel Bach Festival VBA program this summer.
Lauded as an “excellent, true-toned tenor” by New Yorker critic Alex Ross, Mr. Kennerley has performed as a soloist with many ensembles, including the choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street, Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue, TENET, and the Clarion Music Society. He holds the record for both playing continuo and singing a solo (“Thou shalt break them” from Handel’s Messiah) with the Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street in performances at Lincoln Center in 2015.
A composer of note, he specializes in music for choral ensembles, and for works that incorporate historic instruments. His 2012 piece Lauda novella was featured as part of the Twelfth Night Festival at Trinity Church, Wall Street; Kennerley was first place winner of the Association of Anglican Musicians 2013 composition competition. Mr. Kennerley made his Lincoln Center conducting debut in 2009 with two performances of a contemporary operetta, The Velvet Oratorio.
A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Kennerley is Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal church, New York City, where he directs the professional choir and coordinates the church’s extensive concert series. From 2008 he held a similar position at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Times Square. His studies were at Cambridge University, UK, and the Juilliard School.
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