James is an Australian born tenor currently studying with Ryland Davies and Iain Ledingham at the Royal Academy of Music where he sings for the prestigious Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series. He recieved 2nd prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy of Muisc. Prior to commencing his studies at RAM, he read Music at King’s College London and was a member of the Chapel Choir under David Trendell. During his first year at King’s he was a member of Genesis Sixteen run by The Sixteen with the support of the Genesis Foundation. James has also held choral scholarships at Worcester Cathedral and Wells Cathedral.
James has appeared in the UK and in Australia performing repertoire including Bach’s St John Passion and Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz? BWV 138, Dyson’s The Canterbury Pilgrims, Hadyn’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Requiem, and Stanier’s Crucifixion. As a recitalist his repertoire ranges from Caccini through to new commissions. In 2015 he performed the UK premier of Songs of Soldier Poets by Australian born composer Simon Biazeck alongside On Wenlock Edge by Vaughan Williams.
On the operatic stage his roles include Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne), Apollo (Semele) for King’s Opera. As a treble he sang Third Boy (Die Zauberflöte) and understudied Itys in WA Opera’s world premier of Richard Mills’s The Love of the Nightingale. For opera scenes performances at the Royal Academy of Music he has sung Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monostatos, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Cosí fan tutte) and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi).. Upcoming scenes include the role of Prunier (La Rondine).
Upcoming performances include Pilate in CPE Bach’s Johannes Passion (1772) chorus and soloist for the Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach performance in May 2018.