Drawing upon his unique experience in the world of Funerals as Celebrant, Funeral Director & Musician; James enjoys helping families to create ceremonies that are meaningful and reflective while offering comfort and support at a difficult time. His first experience of funerals began as a Chorister in the choir of Westminster Abbey where he sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and ever since has pursued a busy and varied career as a professional musician, completing his degree at the Royal College of Music.
James’s work as a musician led to a window of opportunity to experience, and be involved in marriages, funerals and baptisms which led to him fulfilling a lifelong pastoral vocation to serve as a funeral director in 2008. It wasn’t long before James opened his own funeral home in North West London and believes passionately in the importance of good ceremony in the place of the grief process of those affected most by the death of someone. James went on to train both as a funeral and family and marriage celebrant with the Fellowship
James has also taught music and held the post of Director of Music at several different churches. As a teacher and educator he is delighted to be able to combine all these skills; bringing them to the Fellowship as a member of the training team.