James recently completed his studies on the Artist Masters programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was a Leverhulme Scholar and was supported by the Chizel Education Trust. Highlights include taking part in a cross-arts performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Iain Burnside, and being chosen by Graham Johnson to perform in a recital as part of the Song Guild.
Recent operatic performances include ‘Madwoman’ Britten Curlew River, ‘Tobias’ Dove Tobias and the Angel, ‘Male Chorus’ Britten The Rape of Lucretia and ‘Box’ Sullivan Cox and Box, as well as ‘Tamino’ Die Zauberflöte, ‘Ferrando’ Così fan tutte and ‘Count Almaviva’ Il Barbiere di Siviglia in opera scenes. Recent oratorio solo performances include Haydn Creation, Rossini Messe Solennelle, Bach St John Passion, and Handel Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia.
In 2020, projects that are currently postponed include taking part in the Nevill Holt Opera Young Artist programme, as well as singing the titular part in a performance of Handel’s Joshua. James was also due to perform a concert of Schoenberg with the BBC Singers at the Proms, but this was sadly cancelled. He continues to prepare a new recital programme of music both from and inspired by the East Midlands, including works by Eric Coates, Ernest Moeran and Benjamin Britten, as well as settings of Lord Byron.
James began singing as a chorister at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire, and he continues to perform in choirs that include the Monteverdi Choir, Tenebrae, the BBC Singers and the Britten Sinfonia Voices. He has partaken in the Genesis Sixteen programme, and was a Lay Clerk at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he ran the choir’s Marketing and Communications for two years.
In the latter role, he managed the award-winning ‘St John’s Cambridge’ label in collaboration with Signum Records and directed the filming of the first live-streamed Evensong by the choir. He has been fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to reprise this post over the lockdown, and during this period he has produced 83 ‘Virtual Chapel’ services, an eight-part video series for prospective Choral Scholars, and a ‘Virtual College Concert’, for which he filmed many of the college’s musicians including alumnus Iestyn Davies with Joseph Middleton.
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