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.
In 2020, James is eagerly anticipating taking part in the Nevill Holt Opera Young Artist programme. 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 performances include Haydn Creation and Rossini Messe Solennelle.
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.
In the New Year, James is looking forward to presenting a 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 will also be performing Handel’s Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia this December, as well as the Bach St John Passion solos for the first time at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham.
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