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James Cryer was a Music Scholar at St Paulís School, playing the piano, organ and French horn. At the age of fourteen, as Assistant Organist here at All Saints, he played in front of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. He studied the organ with Richard Popplewell, Master of the Music at the Chapel Royal, St Jamesís Palace. He gained the ARCO at the age of sixteen and the FRCO at the age of 18, winning the Dixon Prize for improvisation.

Whilst still at St Paulís he was in turn Organist of The Charterhouse, Assistant Organist at St Michaelís Cornhill and then Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey under Simon Preston.

In 1983 James was appointed Organ Scholar of St Johnís College Cambridge under Dr George Guest. There he played for the broadcast of the Advent Carol Service and toured with the Choir to Holland, Spain and Sweden.

After Cambridge, James played the organ at St Jamesís Palace and became the Assistant Organist at The Queenís Chapel of the Savoy for six years, playing in front of Her Majesty The Queen.

James has also developed his studies on the piano, under the tutelage of Paul Ekins and Patricia Carroll. He has played with Colin Bradbury, the Past President of the ISM, Paul Watkins, John Bradbury, Adrian Bradbury and Tom Guthrie. He has recorded ĎThe English Clarinetí for Naxos with clarinettist John Bradbury.

For the last fifteen years James has been composing music for the Liturgy of the Church. He has written two Masses, a set of Responses which have been sung in St Paulís Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, a set of Canticles for Evensong, a setting of the Ave Verum and several Carols. He has recently been commissioned to write an arrangement of Psalm 150 for the new organ here at All Saints, the Church where his music-making was first heard.