Born in Manchester, James Goldrick received a Bachelor of Music (Organ) from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, studying with Dr Philip Matthias. While studying he was Organ Scholar of Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle, and a conductor of The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir.
On returning to Sydney, James commenced at St Mary’s Cathedral as Postgraduate Organ Scholar, and was later appointed Assistant Organist, accompanying and conducting the cathedral’s daily schedule of Vespers and Mass, as well as playing for large-scale liturgies, including the Dedication and Papal Blessing of Domus Australia in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI. During this time, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Education at the Australian Catholic University.
In 2014, James was appointed Assistant Director of Music of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, where he was responsible for the training of the boys-and-men Cathedral Choir and the eight-voice Schola, one of Australia’s few fully professional choirs. During this time he was also Director of Music at St John’s College, University of Queensland.
He is a noted exponent of the art of improvisation at the organ.
In 2018, James relocated to the USA to pursue postgraduate studies in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame.