A concise biography

James has studied singing with Andrew Yeats, Gordon Sandison, John Wakefield, Peter Knapp, Alex Ashworth (as a baritone) and Tim Travers-Brown (as a countertenor). He was taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire while completing a BMus at the University of Birmingham, then gained an MMus in performance at Trinity College of Music where he was awarded a substantial scholarship. He currently studies singing and the Alexander Technique with Kevin Edwards.

James's operatic roles have included Mars, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Judge and Demetrius. Notable performances amongst his experience as a concert soloist are Five Mystical Songs, Requiem (Fauré), Crucifixion, Nelson Mass, Creation, King Arthur, Ein Deutches Requiem, singing countertenor and bass in Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Händel) and three solo performances of Messiah.

James has sung with many choirs over his career so far, such as the Armonico Consort, the Cambridge Voices and the Swansea Bach Choir, and sings in a number of London church choirs including the Guards' Chapel Choir and the choir of Hampton Court Palace Chapel Royal. From 2010 to 2011 James was chosen by Sir John Eliot Gardiner as one of two basses on the biannual Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme, singing in projects such as Monteverdi's Vespers (1610) in the Royal Albert Hall for a live BBC Proms television and radio broadcast (2010), singing along side internationally renowned soloists such as Gidon Sacs and Anna Caterina Antonacci, and singing in Le Freischütz on the penultimate night of the Proms (2011).

James also dabbles in composition and his Preces & Responses were premiered by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (directed at the time by Tim Brown) and sung as part of two evensong services in 2009.