Head of Centre NCYM
The daughter of a drummer, Juliet rebelled and took up the Oboe in secondary school!
She went on to play in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra, continuing her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music under Lady Barbirolli, Michael Dobson and George Caird. She has performed extensively in London, Buckinghamshire, Bedford and Norfolk and is also a committed teacher, with several of her pupils now playing professionally.
Juliet was appointed as Head of Centre when it opened in 2013. Based on CYM London (which was named in the top 10 performing arts institutions worldwide in 2016), NCYM provided the model for other regional CYM’s now established in Taunton, Saffron Walden and Peterborough. All CYM’s are a division of the Guildhall School and form part of their extensive under 18 music education provision which includes Guildhall Young Artist bursaries.
A lover of all styles of music, Juliet is thrilled that NCYM provides such a wide range of musical opportunities allowing students the chance to try out for themselves what might inspire them.
Juliet is passionate about encouraging young artists to play together and is also director of the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, which recently became part of the Open Youth trust https://opennorwich.org.uk/youth-activities/norfolk-county-youth-orchestra/ and ‘Triorca’, http://www.triorca.eu a highly acclaimed European youth orchestra recruiting players from Britain, Serbia and Germany with Nicholas Daniel (Queens medal winner for music in 2012) as its Artistic director.
Paul Warburton began his musical life as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, eventually going on to study the violin in Birmingham, with Beverley Davison, and in London with Howard Davis. He studied Chamber Music with the Alberni String Quartet, Peter Cropper (Lindsay String Quartet), Roger Bigley (ex Lindsay Quartet) and John Todd (ex Coull Quartet). As a student he was awarded the ESTA Award for String Quartet Playing and the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize.
Since then he has enjoyed a wide and varied career as a professional violinist, performing with the CBSO under Simon Rattle and Sakari Oramo in virtually every capital city in Europe and many major music festivals world-wide, (BBC Proms, Edinburgh, New York, Chicago, Washinton, Dallas, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rome etc.). With the CBSO he has played in countless TV and radio broadcasts and on numerous CD recordings. As well as his work with the CBSO Paul was for 18 years a member, and Assistant Leader, of the Glyndebourne Opera Orchestra. He has played regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC Orchestras, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Garsington Opera, Covent Garden Soloists, D’Oyly Carte Opera and many other orchestras and chamber groups, as well as TV, film work, solo engagements and sessions. He has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, soloists, actors and musicians including Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Sir Simon Rattle, Yehudi Menuhin, Maxim Vengerov, Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Nigel Kennedy, Heinz Holliger, Lynn Harrell, Truls Mørk, Håkan Hardenberger, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman.
Paul has always combined his playing career with teaching in schools and colleges. He has worked on a huge number of projects for the CBSO Education Department, individually and as a member of The Springfield String Quartet, The Little Big Time Band and The Berkley Salon Ensemble giving themed Education Concerts and working on projects with children and adults, infants, special needs pupils, handicapped children and adults, the elderly, GCSE and A Level students. With Scott Stroman’s Opus 20, and as part of their annual residency at the Dartington International Summer School, Paul performed and coached some of the best music students from the UK and overseas.
As well as Paul’s work at the NCYM he currently teaches the violin at King’s College School and St John’s College School, Cambridge. He also coaches and conducts various chamber groups.
Away from music, Paul is a keen cyclist. Although Majorca has to be his favourite cycling location, he does enjoy the ride back to Cambridge from Norwich.
Rachel is a professional clarinettist and woodwind specialist. After completing sixth form at Chetham’s School of Music, she trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Medal and the Rosebowl prize as runner up in the prestigious Gold Medal Concerto competition. She was principal clarinet of the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra for several years before pursuing a freelance career, playing with all the major London orchestras. Rachel has also performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and has appeared on Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Rachel has always enjoyed combining teaching with performing, aiming to pass on her love and enthusiasm for all types of music and art forms. She has coached many wind ensembles and youth orchestra sections, including Junior Guildhall, London and leads the adult clarinet choir, “A Conference of Clarinets”. Rachel also teaches at Norwich School.
She is principal clarinet in the Academy of St Thomas Orchestra, Norwich.
The Nottinghamshire born Soprano trained at the University of Huddersfield gaining her BMus(hons) and first Masters degree in Performance studying principally with Bass-Baritone, Andrew Slater. After a couple of years of singing and teaching, she then moved even further North to complete her postgraduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)) with Soprano, Helen Lawson, attaining her PGDipMus and MMus. Laura, until recently, had been singing under her maiden name, Laura Lemmon.
Laura now lives in Norwich with her husband and son. In addition to her own singing, Laura is a vocal tutor for two prestigious private schools in Norwich (Norwich School and Town Close House preparatory school); vocal instructor and choral conductor/leader for the Norwich Centre for Young Musicians in collaboration with Guildhall, London and choral director for Surlingham Broadnotes choir. She regularly gives vocal workshops and masterclasses and teaches students of all ages privately at home. Laura has been invited to sing as a recitalist and soloist all over the UK and enjoys a varied career of singing oratorio, recitals, weddings, christenings and other concert work.
Recent performances include:- Cally Spooner’s Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated In Any Manner for British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle; Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré Requiem for Lowestoft Choral Society; Mozart- Mass in C Minor, Haydn – Salve Regina, Schubert Magnificat for Sudbury Choral Society; Arvo Pärt – Passio for Keswick Hall Choir, Mozart- Mass in C Minor, Dido & Aeneas with Norwich Baroque, Opera Gala for Sudbury Choral Society, Finzi- In Terra Pax & Bernstein – Chichester Psalms Carter – Musick’s Jubilee Handel- Messiah, Handel – Israel in Egypt, Rossini- Petite Messe Solennelle, Fauré – Requiem, Vivaldi – Gloria and Beatus Vir, Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.
Rosamund’s extensive concert platform experience has seen her perform as a soloist in some of the most prestigious venues in the UK including St John’s Smith Square and The House of Lords. Other highlights of her solo career include Queen Anne in The Middleham Requiem at St James the Greater in Leicester on the occasion of the reburial of Richard III; Hawes Eventide with the English Chamber Orchestra; Allain Vespers with the London Mozart Players; Handel Messiah with the Glasgow City Chorus; Bach Magnificat with the Norwich Philharmonic; Mozart Vespers with both the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh; Brahms Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass in Norwich Cathedral; Haydn Creation in St Andrew’s Hall; Britten’s War Requiem at Gresham’s; Will Todd’s Mass in Blue with the composer and the Kings Lynn Festival Chorus; Mozart Mass in C minor and Bach St John Passion at St Mary-le-Tower. Operatic roles have included Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Norwich Baroque; Despina in Cosi fan tutte in Vienna; Mrs Noah in Britten’s Noyes Fludde; and The Soprano in Tom Johnson’s the Four Note Opera. Her early training was as a ‘cellist and composer on a full scholarship at Trinity College of Music’s Junior Department. She then moved into choral music, performing and recording regularly with the Rodolfus Choir and joining the choir of St Paul’s, Knightsbridge and singing as Cantor for Westminster Cathedral. She has always maintained a keen interest in contemporary classical music and toured regularly with the New London Chamber Choir, singing with them across Europe and the UK including Zagreb, Rome and Paris. She is now the professional soprano for Gray’s Inn, one of the Inns of Court. Rosamund gained her Masters in Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she won the Norma Grieg French song prize, a Barcaple Foundation Trust award and taught for their Outreach Department. Alongside her own singing she conducts numerous choirs and Musical Theatre shows, and is the Head of Vocal studies at Norwich School.
James Boyd has established his reputation as one of the leading exponents of the classical guitar.
Recent concert appearances include the Aldeburgh, Bath, Norfolk & Norwich and St Magnus Festivals.
James studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Julian Bream prize. His lyrical playing style is strongly influenced by the vocal training he received from the countertenor Charles Brett and he works regularly with the lyric tenor Robin Tritschler and the countertenor Michael Chance CBE.
James is one of the few guitarists to centre his career on the commissioning and performance of new English works for the guitar and he has premiered new music by Elspeth Brooke, Jonathan Dove, Joseph Phibbs and Anthony Powers, amongst others.
David’s career has combined performing, composing & teaching as well as being something of a journey through various musical environments and genres.
David left home at the age of 15 to study at the prestigious Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, Kent, where he boarded for three years. David completed his studies and then served as principal flute & saxophone player within HM Band of the Royal Marines throughout the world & principally in the Far East (where he was stationed for two years, initially at HMS Terror and then with 3rd Commando Brigade). On returning to the UK David was a member of Plymouth Group Band and then CTC Lympstone. It was at this time that he started to play with various bands in and around the Exeter region (notably the Maurice Price Showband & Christian progressive rock band Pilgrimage). He left the band service in 1975 to follow a career beyond the world of military music.
After further years of working within the musical world of popular & world cultures, recording & touring with various bands including 60’s soul legend Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band (signed to DJM/Dick James Music) & 70’s disco chart band The Chequers (signed to Creole Records – two top 20 hits). He also spent much of his energy working as a session musician in and around London and playing with various show bands (including Bob Miller & The Millermen, The Nat Temple Orchestra, Chris Allen Band and many others). Since the mid-1980’s David has devoted most of his time & energy to working with many artists within the Christian Music industry (principally on recording and touring projects with Adrian Snell & Graham Kendrick but many others also). In 1989, following visits to the islands of Lindisfarne & Iona, David co-founded the musical project IONA, the result of discoveries made into the Celtic origins of the Christian faith within these Islands.
After two hugely successful recordings (‘Iona’ & ‘Book Of Kells’) David left the project/band to study for a degree in music, focussing two years of this study into the origins & relevance of Liturgical & Worship Music throughout history. David has since undertaken extensive television & recording work (including many recordings for the BBC TV series ‘Songs Of Praise‘ – with artists such as Aled Jones, The New English Orchestra, Lesley Garrett, Noel Richards, Graham Kendrick, Phatfish, Stuart Townend & Jonathan Veira). Although David still performs & records, he now devotes much time to teaching in schools (principally Norwich School) & privately, adjudicating & directing classical & jazz ensembles. For a number of years David joined the adjudication team at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, where musicians, dancers and singers perform each year from approximately 120 nations around the world.
Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education. He has recorded for EG Editions, Blue Note Records and ECM and created scores for leading national dance companies. As a percussionist, he has performed in a wide range of musical contexts, including Alabama3, Apartment House, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Gavin Bryars, Pete Lockett, Man Jumping, Lost Jockey, notes inegales and the LSO. His world-premieres of solo pieces, include the composers, Javier Alvarez, Frederic Rzewski, Philip Cashian, Thea Musgrave and Ed Kelly. Recent creative work includes the online ‘dot machine’ and surfaces, a collaboration with the composer James Saunders. ‘Relay’, a double CD of music for contemporary steel-pan and electronics was released in 2014 and broadcast on a number of networks. He created a score to be performed on the structure of a house, for the film ‘3 Church Walk’, directed by Emily Richardson and premiered at the London Film Festival. Six short performance films have been released and are currently viewable on Youtube. Currently, Simon is researching for a PhD at Middlesex University.
Vicky began playing the flute at the age of 11 and found her love of teaching at aged 14 when she built up a small teaching practice after school. (While her mother entertained the parents in the next room…) Vicky studied at the London College of Music and Trinity College London with Ann Cherry and Michael Cox, gaining an honours degree and winning the LCM Flute Prize. After College, Vicky performed with various orchestras, including Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra and Newbury Symphony Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto and the Nielsen Flute concerto with NSO. Vicky went on to study for a PGCE in secondary music teaching and taught in wide range of teaching environments, also teaching special educational needs. Vicky moved with her family to Norfolk in 2004 and began teaching for Norfolk Music Service in 2006. She has 2 children and combines teaching for Norfolk Music Service and Norwich High School with playing with various local ensembles. Vicky has been teaching at NCYM since 2015.
Duncan (far left in the photo) has been a member of the English National Opera orchestra since 1997 and has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra.
He began learning the Double Bass at his local comprehensive school before gaining a place at Chetham’s School of Music and going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he had the opportunity to play Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Lynn Harrell and Imogen Cooper and go on the European Union Youth Orchestra tour of South America.
Duncan has been living in Norfolk since 2007 and has been teaching the Bass locally at Norwich High School and Wymondham College and has taken Bass sectional rehearsals for the NCYO. He has also taught as a visiting teacher at Junior Guildhall and Junior Royal Academy schools in London.
Duncan has been at the NCYM since 2015 teaching Double Bass and taking part in the Junior and Intermediate string ensembles.
David A Stowell began his musical career with the band of H. M. Coldstream Guards and after leaving H.M. forces furthered his studies as a conductor and composer in Boston earning awards for both conducting and composition.
David continued his career as a professional musician in the UK, his first major concert being the premiere of a new work by Sir Edmund Rubbra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen. He has since appeared with several leading Orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
For the Millennium Festival at the National Indoor Arena David was commissioned to compose the music for the opening ceremony.
Other Commissions include composing for the City of Birmingham Choir Festival held in Symphony Hall Birmingham, Music for Her Majesty the Queens State Visits and music for the Bishop inauguration ceremony, commissioned by the Royal College of Church Music.
In the Brass Band field he has composed for many bands including the Black Dyke band, GUS, Brighouse & Rastrick and the Grimethorpe Band. He has just completed a new work for the Cory band which is to be recorded in August.
In 1996 he was given the chance to study composition formally in London and worked with Michael Kamen and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. This paid off with a commission to compose the music for the TV film `All Talk’. Following an opportunity to score a drama production in America (The Lake. 1998) David has worked as a composer on many television and radio productions including ‘A Christmas Carol’ . ‘The Letter’; ‘Anne Boleyn’; ‘All Talk’; ‘Out of Time’; ‘Unbeliever’; ‘The Snow Crystal’ and ‘IceBound’ for which he was nominated for a ‘Queens award for Television’ for Best Original Score. David is now working on the music score for a major new film currently in production.
Robert was born in Norfolk and played cornet in many local brass bands eventually gaining grade 8 with distinction on the Eb soprano cornet.
He studied trumpet with local jazz legend Dave Amis when doing A levels and was co-lead trumpet of the Norwich Students Jazz Orchestra, he later studied trumpet with London Symphony Orchestra trumpeter George Reynolds.
Returning to Norfolk after gaining a BA hons degree and a PGCE, Robert worked as a class teacher at Northgate High School in Dereham and part time for the Norfolk Music Service. He became full time with the Music Service after 2 terms and has been working there ever since.
He has played all types of music from orchestral to pop and is currently lead trumpet and flugelhorn with the Jonathan Wyatt Big Band. Many of his pupils have gone on to pursue careers in music from playing on cruise ships to orchestras and at least two are now Heads of Music in Norfolk schools! He has also conducted many bands and is currently the brass coach for the Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band.
Kit has deep roots in Saturday morning music schools, playing his recorder a young child at the music workshop in his home town of New Ash Green, Kent. A few years on, after classical training on the piano, he took to the guitar and attempted to teach himself everything from Abba to Zeppelin. In 1997, Kit joined the Gravesham Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by trombonist Graham Mann.
In 2000 Kit moved to Norwich to study at the UEA, where he subsequently started his own guitar teaching business. He gained an ABRSM Certificate of Teaching in 2005 and has since been teaching guitar and leading bands on a regular basis. With much performance experience from the stage, studio and the orchestra pit, Kit blends repertoire, rudiments and improvisation in his teaching. Recently Kit has also directed the West Suffolk Youth Big Band and performed several shows with Norfolk-based septet “Bootleg Swing”.
Karen Smith was born in London in 1970 and had her first encounter with a musical instrument, a four-stringed guitar, at the age of 4. Since then she hasn’t really stopped playing, be it piano, clarinet, saxophone, guitar or percussion!
During her teenage years, Karen played in the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra & Wind Band, the National Scout & Guide Concert Band and the National Scout & Guide Orchestra. Her first appearance on a vinyl record was with the NS&G Concert Band in 1983. This experience cemented her love of music and made a career choice very easy.
Professionally, she has been lucky enough to work with many outstanding musicians all over the world but is now happily settled back in Norfolk. She teaches both privately and for Guildhall School’s Centre for Young Musicians as well as accompanying singers and instrumentalists. www.knjsmusic.co.uk
Alec recently graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London, also winning the oboe prize for that year. He studied with Olivier Stankiewicz, John Anderson, Juliana Koch, Fabien Thouand and Christine Pendrill. Alec is also a graduate of King’s College London, where he completed his bachelor’s degree.
A keen orchestral and chamber musician, Alec has performed under the batons of Bernard Haitink, John Wilson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rafael Payare and Michael Rosewell. He has also performed with Maxim Vengerov, Giorgio Mandolesi, Adam Walker and with members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Alec successfully auditioned for the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme for the 2016-17 season which included mentoring from principal oboe Richard Simpson and principal cor anglais Alison Teale and the opportunity to rehearse at Maida Vale with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Andrew Davis and François Xavier-Roth. Alec was invited to perform at the Cerne Abbas Music Festival with members of the BBCSO, Philharmonia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Buckingham Palace and LSO St Luke’s including concerts attended by HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince Edward. Freelance work has included guest principal oboe with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, recording for BBC Radio 3 and BBC4, principal oboe of the Opera Story Orchestra and performing with soloists such as Guy Johnston and Jennifer Pike.
As part of his orchestral training, Alec successfully auditioned for the Britten Pears Young Artists programme 2018, performing under the baton of Marin Alsop. He also won scholarships to attend the Pacific Region International Summer Academy and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute.
Alec is also a committed oboe teacher- as well as teaching privately, Alec teaches at the Norwich Centre for Young Musician’s and coaches at the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra.
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Mathew first began playing the violin at the age of 11 and the viola aged 14, with Martin Gadd at Brentwood County High School, in Essex. Martin was incredibly patient with him and somehow managed to enable him to play both instruments, despite Mathew’s all-consuming obsession with horse riding!
He never planned to study music, but aged 18 suddenly found himself on an undergraduate course at the Colchester Institute, where he continued to study both the viola and violin with Margaret Williams (AKA Mrs Parfitt). She was an absolutely amazing teacher and he really owes his entire career to her perseverance and the encouragement of him to achieve his potential. Frequently in his lessons with Margaret, Mathew would be faced with the challenging question of ‘how would you teach that?’ – a strategy that really helped him to come to grips with the technical processes involved in playing the viola. He was also fortunate, whilst at Colchester, to participate in numerous masterclasses with the Endellion String Quartet and Nash Ensemble.
After graduation, studies continued with Margaret whilst beginning a teaching career for the London Borough of Havering, teaching both the violin and viola. He also tutored for the junior string ensembles in his home town of Brentwood, learning a great deal from working alongside another amazing string teacher, Ann Elderton.
A period followed teaching bowed strings for the Forces Schools in Germany, based at the music centre of King’s School, Gutersloh. On returning to the UK, he took up a position with the Norfolk Music Service, with whom he worked for 23 years, with a short break to study further and be head of a music department in a school for children with learning difficulties. He eventually rose to be Head of Strings for the Service, a role he enjoyed immensely.
There have been two periods of studying the viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Mark Knight and also a Master of Arts in Music Education at Trinity College of Music. Mathew is lucky to have benefitted from training in Dalcroze Rhythmics, mainly with Jacqueline Vann, and uses this and the Kodaly approach extensively in his string teaching. Mathew holds a PGCE in Primary Education.
A long standing and active member of the European String Teachers Association, Mathew has been on the management committee, the executive committee, held the post of external relations officer and spent four years editing their magazines. Currently, he is the Regional Officer for Norfolk and writes a series of Blogs for the Association that can be read at www.estastrings.org.uk/blog. Pupils have successfully been members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain www.nyo.org.uk , the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra www.opennorwich.org.uk/youth-activities/norfolk-county-youth-orchestra, participated on Pro Corda courses www.procorda.com and gained places as Junior Exhibitioners at London Conservatoires. They have also been successful at gaining awards for their studies from AYM www.a-y-m.org.uk . Mathew teaches at the GSMD’s Centre for Young Musicians in Norwich www.ncym.co.uk , where he is about to start a ‘Prelude to String Playing’ project aimed at young players and a primary school in Cambridge, along with private pupils at his home in rural Norfolk. He is also Education Officer for the British Viola Society www.britishviolasociety.co.uk.
As a player, Mathew can be seen playing in the viola sections of the Academy of St Thomas in Norwich www.academyofstthomas.com and the East Anglian Chamber Orchestra www.eacho.org.uk. He is also a member of the viola section of Opera de Bauge in France www.operadebauge.fr and freelances across the East Anglian region.
Mathew continues his viola studies with the British Violist, Martin Outram and plays on a viola made by Robin Aitchison and a violin by Tibor Szemmelveisz.
Rachel began playing the violin in group lessons at a primary school on the North Norfolk coast. Her love of the instrument took her to Bath Spa University to study music. Her diverse interest in styles including folk, jazz and rock music have seen her tour and record with folk and progressive rock artists within the UK and throughout Europe.
Whilst at university Rachel joined the reformed line-up of 1970’s progressive rock band Stackridge in 2007, leading to numerous collaborations with other artists. She is currently a member of the band Big Big Train, winning recent progressive rock awards for albums and live shows. After headlining Night of the Prog Festival, Loreley, Germany in July 2018, the band is set to tour the UK, Europe and the USA at intervals over the next two years. Rachel also works on writing and recording string arrangements for other European and Scandinavian bands.
Rachel is passionate about teaching string instruments in a way that encompasses a range of musical styles. She teaches violin in primary schools throughout Norfolk and recently completed her Postgraduate Certificate in String Teaching with The European String Teacher’s Association.
James Watkins (b.1996) is a British pianist and bass. In 2018, he graduated top of his year with prizes from the University of Cambridge with a starred first-class honours degree. There, in addition to specialising in the music of Messiaen and Bach, James pursued a wide interest in the philosophy of music, especially of improvisation and its relationship to performance. In 2018, James began to study the piano with the British concert pianist and conductor Adam Johnson, by whom he was introduced to the technique of Peter Feuchtwanger. A recipient of a scholarship grant from the Finzi Trust (UK) to develop his playing, James plans to take the latter half of 2019 and 2020 to work with top concert pianists at the Julliard School of Music in New York and the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, France. A diversely skilled pianist, James studied jazz piano with British jazz pianist Les Chisnall at Manchester University whilst still at school, and was the pianist of the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra for the 2014-15 season. As a vocalist, James works predominantly as a choral singer. He received his first formal choral training in various choirs at Cambridge, during which time he worked extensively with choral conductors Dr Christopher Robinson CVO CBE and Ben Parry, and studied voice with British operatic tenor Richard Edgar-Wilson and soprano Rachel Godsill. At Cambridge, in addition to learning the core Anglican choral repertoire, James performed the major requiems, passions and other large-scale choral works for the first time. Following this, James joined the Norwich Cathedral Choir under Ashley Grote and began to study voice with Indian-born British soprano Patricia Rozario OBE, with whom he continues to study. In 2019, James was made a member of Genesis Sixteen, the young artist programme of world-renowned choir The Sixteen. In the future, James wishes to work as a répétiteur and vocal coach as well as continuing his performing career as both a pianist and singer, which to date has seen James perform at British venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall and several cathedrals, and further afield in the USA, Canada and extensively in Europe.