James Lancelot

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James Lancelot
Born 1952
Genres Choral music
Occupation(s) Organist, Choral Conductor
Instruments Organ

James Bennett Lancelot (born 2 December 1952) is Master of the Choristers, and has been Cathedral Organist at Durham Cathedral since 1985.[1]

Lancelot was educated at St Paul's Cathedral School and Ardingly College, prior to going up to King's College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar from 1971-74.[2] Prior to moving to Durham Cathedral, Lancelot spent ten years as Sub-Organist of Winchester Cathedral.

He has been a member of the Royal College of Organists Council since 1988, and most recently of its Executive and Library Committees. He also conducted for the Durham University Choral Society.

In 2008 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music[3]

In 2013 he was appointed President of the Incorporated Association of Organists [4]

In the summer of 2017, after 32 years in post, he retires from his position as Master of the Choristers and Organist of Durham Cathedral.


  1. ^ "James Lancelot". Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  2. ^ Gibbs, David (2008). A School with a View: A History of Ardingly College 1858-2008. James & James Publishers Ltd. ISBN 978-1-903942-83-3. 
  3. ^ http://www.rscm.com/info_resources/news/HonAwards08_14122007.php
  4. ^ http://www.iao.org.uk