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About James S.
My name is James, and I am a professional tenor, musicologist, teacher, and translator based in West Yorkshire. I read Music at the University of Cambridge and Royal Holloway, University of London (where I was awarded my PhD in 2020), and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I have performed as a soloist and ensemble member throughout the UK and Europe, including with some of the country's leading choirs, orchestras, and opera companies. Performing highlights include my international opera debut as Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn; singing and touring with renowned groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Singers, Sonoro, and the Hanover Band; and appearing as a soloist in concert performances at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and Southwell Minster.
For over a decade, I have maintained a private teaching practice (in Singing, Music Theory, and Piano), alongside peripatetic teaching at leading independent schools in the south of England. I have also taught Music to degree level, including at Royal Holloway and the University of Oxford. Fostering a close understanding of style, musicality, and technique is central to my instrumental and vocal teaching, while my interest in vocal health (which derives in part from my own therapeutic experiences with the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine) very much underpins my approach to singing tuition. Whether your interest is in classical, jazz, music theatre, or pop repertoire, I aim to create an enthusiastic and encouraging teaching environment, whatever your goals may be.
If you are interested in arranging lessons, or if you simply wish to discuss options, do please get in touch.