For a decade, James was a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, where he has appeared in more than 300 performances and worked with many of the world's finest conductors and directors, such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir David McVicar, Graham Vick and Vladimir Jurowski. He now sings regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as a member of the extra chorus. As well as singing in the chorus, he has also understudied many of the comprimario roles, including Monsieur Triquet, Remendado and Don Curzio.


When not singing in the chorus, James can be found performing  and covering roles for other companies, such as Bury Court Opera, Bampton Opera, Buxton Opera, Scottish Opera, Capella Cracoviensis, Music Theatre Wales, Silent Opera, Caledonian Opera and Haddo House Opera. He has performed many roles, including Don Ottavio, Don Basilio, Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Grimoaldo (Rodelinda) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance). 




James is a seasoned oratorio singer. He has performed The Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, the Usher Hall and the Cadogan Hall. He has sung with choral societies in the Shetland Islands, the Isle of Mann, the Isle of Wight and Guernsey. He has appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Three Choirs Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. James regularly works with Capella Cracoviensis in Poland, performing many of the great Handel oratorio tenor roles. 

Some of the choirs and orchestras that James has worked with as a soloist include; Philharmonia Orchestra, BBCSSO, BBCNOW, Academy of Ancient Music, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Handel Players, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Gloucester Choral Society, Bristol Choral Society, Hexham Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, Newcastle Bach Choir, Eastbourne Choral Society, Aberystwyth Choral Society, Ryton Choral Society, Rochester Choral Society, Nottingham Harmonic Choir.




James and his accompanist, Ronald Woodley, have appeared together as a duo over 50 times. Specialising in college recitals, they have performed at many universities, including Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton. Their first CD - Come, Let Us Make Love Deathless, songs by Holst and Holbrooke - has recently been released on the EM Records label.  A further disc including songs by Walton and Constant Lambert will be released next year. 

James has also performed, broadcast and recorded numerous Britten works with Malcolm Martineau. Their recording of Britten's Sechs Holderlin Fragmente appears on Malcolm's complete Britten cycles series. 




Magdalen College, Oxford University

(MA Hons)

Samling Scholar

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama


Trinity College of Music


Britten Pears Young Artist

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

(Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Training)