Prima Luce is a group of Catholic musicians who wish to promote the beauty and riches of Gregorian Chant, polyphony, hymnody and carols. These forms of music are deeply rooted in the Christian tradition and are to be sung in a spirit of prayer, rather than simply being performed. The musical selections that Prima Luce wishes to restore and revive are timeless, deeply spiritual, uplifting and memorable. Within this great tradition of music we also wish to contribute through contemporary compositions and encouraging young musicians to learn from the past and add to the musical riches of the future.
Founder and Artistic Director
James Doig obtained a Bachelor in Music Performance at the Australian School of Music where he studied piano and conducting. He later studied a Bachelor in Vocal Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium and went on to complete a Masters of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he specialized in early keyboard and singing.
James performs regularly as an instrumentalist and singer with professional and semi-professional ensembles. He sings oratorio, opera and lieder, and also works as a cantor, singing Chant and Sacred Polyphony. James has sung with the Song Company, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Omega Ensemble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. James is also a regular organist, pianist and conductor for churches around Sydney.
In 2012, James founded Prima Luce. The ensemble has toured extensively through Europe and rural Australia and have released three CDs, selling over 4,000 disks. In 2014, James conducted the London Classical Soloists, for which he was highly commended. In 2015 James was invited to audition for the Rundfunk Radio Chorus in Berlin. He was highly commended in the Sydney Eisteddfods, Elizabeth Todd Lieder Price, Margaret Nixon and won the Wagga Eisteddfod. In 2017 he was asked by Living Museums to present as part of a Symposium at Elizabeth Bay House. James performed a recital of German Lieder and early Australian Compositions, for which he sang to his own accompaniment from a Collard and Collard square piano (1830). In 2017 he was also chosen to partake in the finals of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Oratorio Competition in Melbourne.
He has worked under conductors such as Johannes Fritsch, Richard Bonynge, Paul Dyer, Stephen Moore, Thomas Wilson, Dr Neil McEwan, Ronald Smart and Eduardo Diazmuñoz. James has studied with Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, Huguette Brassine, Arnan Wiesel, Professor Jan Delpratt and Anke Hoeppner, and has had master classes with Gerard Willems, Natasha Vlassenko, Geoffrey Lancaster, Julia Lezhneva, Florian Boesch and the past musical director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci.
James is also an experienced teacher. James accompanied his own students at the prestigious Cowra eisteddfod resulting in his students receiving first and second place for the musical and sacred sections, and a highly commended in the Aria and Song competitions.
James continues to lead a busy life as a freelance artist and musical educator.
Holly is a violinist and passionate music educator. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium and has trained with Professor Goetz Richter, Dr Marina Robinson and Professor Neal Peres da Costa.
Holly also performs regularly with Prima Luce and also works as a music teacher.
We work with a team of musicians from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. We are always looking for Catholic musicians to join us in singing God's praise and to aid us in our mission.