Arts1 School of Performance: James Grimsey

Creative Director & Head of Vocational Training

James Grimsey

James co-founded Arts1 in 2006, bringing his creative energy and technical expertise to support the development of the teaching faculty. Having established a career in the UK’s leading performing Arts conservatoires and Universities he brings a wealth of experience to the school. Passionate about training, mindset and achieving excellence in performance James' vision is at the heart of the creative work at the school.




James has been working as a voice trainer to actors, singers and coaches for over 15 years. His wide ranging coaching schedule includes working with the UK’s leading training institutions and conservatoires, with winning artistes as featured on the X-Factor and BGT, leads in West End musicals and some of the UK’s finest young talent.

James is at the forefront of voice coaching in the Estill voice training system having learned from the worlds leading vocal gurus. His educational work with technical training for young people and choirs has inspired many thousands of people across the UK to find their voice and achieve their vocal potential.

As an educator, James has extensive experience in post-compulsory education, he has held prestigious positions at several of the UK’s performance training conservatoire’s as recognised by DramaUK and the CDET. He continues to innovate in practice and advance his own development through a dedicated approach to inspiring the world to sing.­­­

James Specialises In

Sixth Form Dance Course
Sixth Form Musical Theatre Course
One-To-One Singing Lessons