James Potter enjoys a multifaceted musical portfolio encompassing conducting, singing, and writing.  He is Director of the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, one of the most active choirs of its type in the country, singing over a hundred services a year in Oxford's Cathedral. He is also Director of Music at All Saints' Church, Headington. Previous appointments include Musical Director of The Arcadian Singers of Oxford, and Master of the Music at Pusey House. He holds diplomas in choral direction and organ performance from the Royal College of Organists, including the John Brooke (IAO) Memorial Prize for highest mark in practical choral directing. 

James studied at The Queen's College, Oxford, and sang professionally for several years  at Magdalen College and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He has toured and recorded with all of the city's major collegiate choirs, and sung for many of London's professional church choirs, including Westminster Cathedral and All Saints', Margaret St.

James is in demand as a writer on music, having contributed programme notes and essays to groups including The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall's Musick, and others. He has also lectured on early music performance for the University of Oxford's Department of Continuing Education.