A C C O M P A N I S T
As an accompanist, James has worked as the repetiteur of the university's opera productions for 3 successive years for productions of "The Magic Flute" in 2008, "Don Giovanni" in 2010 and for the musical production of "A Little Night Music" in 2010. He also performed in the band for "Seussical The Musical" in 2009. James has worked with a range of eminent conductors, including Gavin Carr with the Bath Spa University Choir, Nigel Perrin at Wells Cathedral in Mozart's "Requiem", and Jason Thornton in Bath Abbey for Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony. James also regularly worked with Roger Heaton as both a choral accompanist and orchestral pianist. James also accompanied with Gavin Bryar's under Roger Heaton in a performance of Gavin Bryar's "On Photography"
James also worked with the cast of "Suor Angelica", which was performed as part of an opera double bill including "Gianni Schicci" in late January 2011. James has been the longest serving accompanist for both the university choir and the chamber choir during the last 3 years of his studies and has performed as a Harpsichordist in the University's period Georgian Band in several concerts both as a soloist and continuo player.
In January 2012, James was appointed Deputy Accompanist with the Churchdown Male Voice Choir, and now holds the post as Accompanist. The range of soloists James has accompanied include members from the choir as well as Kathryn Skipp, Bill Armiger, Sue Black, Kate Bennett and more recently, Ralph Barnes, Jeff Bourton, Danielle Smithson, as well as Bernadette Johns, Willow Burden, Rebecca Grant-Jones and even Wynne Evans. James accompanied the Churchdown Choral Society in their summer concert in early July, and continued as their acting accompanist up to December 2012.
James continues as the accompanist for the Innsworth Military Wives Choir in Gloucester for their concerts and events since 2013. James has been working as a rehearsal accompanist for the Cotswold Savoyards since their 2015 summer productions of Cox & Box, HMS Pinafore, Follies, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady and Oliver!, and will continue with their upcoming rehearsals of their forthcoming production of The Sound of Music. James has also accompanied in the Gloucestershire Young Musician and RIBI Gloucestershire Rotary Young Musician competition and is also a registered accompanist for the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. James was sought by the Grande Royale Theatre Company in their first production of "Musical Magic" and "Dazzling Decades" which ran at the Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham in September 2015 and March 2016 respectively, and more recently "Musical Magic 2" which was performed at Cheltenham's Playhouse Theatre. James also works as an accompanist for ABRSM and Trinity exams for all Grade levels.
Below are the rates for those who require James' services to play for ABRSM and Trinity practical exams:
Grade 1- 4 £20 Grade 5 £25 Grade 6 - 8 £30 Diplomas £35