James is a 21 year old tenor from Sussex, who began his musical career as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral at the age of eight. After five years at Prebendal School, he moved to Lancing College where he was a choral scholar. During his time there, James performed Aneas in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aneas’. He then spent a year as a choral scholar at Gloucester Cathedral, singing daily services and regular concerts. The following year he was awarded a prestigious choral scholarship to the esteemed Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, where he now studies Music with German. James has since participated in two recordings and a BBC R3 broadcast with the choir, as well as partaking in several international tours to Canada, Texas, Italy and Germany.
Notable solo performances include those in Mozart’s ‘Coronation Mass’ and ‘Requiem’, Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ and ‘Creation’ and most recently, Handel’s ‘Messiah’. James recently gave his solo recital debut in Kemptown, Brighton, and in the few breaks he gets from his now busy singing schedule, he can be found playing trumpet in the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra or representing the university on the hockey pitch. James is particularly excited to be singing tonight as he has strong links with the EAC, having taken part in many of its concerts in the past.