James Eisner

James Eisner was born in Sheffield but grew up in America and Scotland. He sang with the St Andrews University Madrigal and Renaissance Groups and was a regular performer at St Andrews Folk Club. In the 80s he joined harmony group English Tapestry. Later he founded the Silkworm Early Music Series in Cambridge and the Silkworm Guitar Network nationally. He has studied guitar with John Hunt, voice with Nigel Wickens, Jeffrey Talbot, Felicity Cook, Ian Partridge and Michael Deason-Barrow, and lute with Anna Langley, and has sung with groups such as Trecento, Otto Voci, The Cavalli Choir, The New Cambridge Singers, The Cambridge Taverner Choir, The Platinum Consort and Corde, and as soloist for Choir 2000, Queens College choir, Cantilena and Cambridge Voices among others. In 1998 he recorded an album of songs for tenor, lute and guitar, Songs through the Centuries. From 1998-2000 he directed the London-based Czech choir, London Hlahol. He started the Seiber Consort in 2007, to help promote the vocal works of the unjustly neglected 20C composer Mátyás Seiber. He currently teaches voice and guitar in Cambridge.