started as a chorister at Southwark Cathedral, and after leaving the choir, he held positions as organ scholar at Croydon Minster and assistant organist at the St Nicolaas Basilica, Amsterdam. He was then organ scholar at St John?s College, Cambridge, where, as an undergraduate, he worked on a daily basis with the college?s world famous choir, which he accompanied in its busy programme of services, concerts, tours, recordings and broadcasts. With the choir, he performed in a range of venues around the world, including in Japan (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City), the USA, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, on a number of radio broadcasts, and on a recording for Chandos of works by Thomas Tomkins. His contribution to this recording was praised by Fiona Maddocks in the Guardian: ?Freddie James... is a name to watch?. He was subsequently organist of the Christuskirche, Stuttgart, and is currently organist of the Church of St Peter and Paul, Oberwil, in Basel.
Freddie has won a number of prizes including the second prizes at the Grand Prix d'ECHO competition in Treviso in 2018 and the competition Agati Tronci in Pistoia in 2016. He was a finalist at the Hofhaimer competition in Innsbruck in 2016 and the Buxtehude competition in Lübeck in 2018. He was awarded all the prizes in the Fellowship exams of the Royal College of Organists, a scholarship from the Nicholas Danby trust, the WT Best prize by the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a scholarship by the Arts and Humanities research council.