James read Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Royal Holloway, University of London, before undertaking postgraduate training in vocal performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Adrian Thompson.
James made his international debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra at the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, in 2016. Other operatic highlights include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Bardolfo Falstaff (Black Cat Opera Company) and Remendado Carmen (OperaUpClose). Earlier this year, he made his solo debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem alongside the Brandenburg Sinfonia.
When not singing, James is also active as a musicologist, and is currently studying for a PhD on the music of George Enescu at Royal Holloway, where he is also a visiting tutor. www.jamessavagehanford.com.
James Williams was born in London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating, James has distinguished himself as a successful artist on the operatic stage as well as in concert and recital.
In 2015-16, James completed the trilogy of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas, performing the title role of Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte and Il Conte/Le nozze di Figaro in fully-staged productions across the UK with Dulwich Opera Company and Opera Seria.
In oratorio, James has performed as baritone soloist in: Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Jonathan Rathbone’s Christmas Truce.
Here is our first attempt at a video substitute for rehearsals. I hope you enjoy it. Start by clicking on Video 1 and then as you work through you will be told when to click on the subsequent links. Some of the YouTube links start with adverts, these will either play out, or you can click on the ‘skip advert’ button. Each link opens a new window, so by closing the window when the video ends you come back to BBC Bingham.
Ever wondered what its like to sing in a Cathedral Choir? Our Musical Director, Guy Turner, Decani Bass at Southwell Cathedral, gives us a behind the scenes view of this ancient practice. Start by clicking on Video 1, then follow Guys instructions.
Richard Joyner’s guest this week is virtuoso keyboard player, choral conductor and BDCS accompanist Michael Overbury.
Recorded on 8th April 2020, observing the Governments lockdown, with Michael Overbury (Guest) in Newark, Richard Joyner (Presenter) in Radcliffe on Trent, and Brad Poulson (Producer) in Southwell. Using technology designed for conducting remote meetings, Richard was able to interview Michael about his musical career. Occasionally the sound quality can be a little distorted (apologies Michael)!
Unlike the programmes produced by the alternative ‘BBC’, you can choose to listen to the complete recording of Michael’s chosen discs, which would give you a total running time of 2 hrs 32 mins. To avoid copyright issues Michael’s preferred recordings aren’t always included, but his complete and preferred choice is listed here.
Now please sit back, relax, and enjoy Michael Overbury’s Desert Island Discs (select each interview and disc in order).
Richard Joyner’s guest this week is composer, cathedral singer, quiz setter and Musical Director of BDCS, Guy Turner.
Recorded on 14th & 15th April 2020, observing the Governments lockdown, with Guy Turner (Guest) in Southwell, Richard Joyner (Presenter) in Radcliffe on Trent, and Brad Poulson (Producer) in Southwell. Using a variety of technology designed for conducting remote meetings, Richard was able to interview Guy about his musical career.
Unlike the programmes produced by the alternative ‘BBC’, you can choose to listen to the complete recording of Guy’s chosen discs, which would give you a total running time of 2 hrs 19 mins. To avoid copyright issues Guy’s preferred recordings aren’t always included, but his complete and preferred choice, and specific tracks are listed here.
Now please sit back, relax, and enjoy Guy Turner’s Desert Island Discs (select each interview and disc in order).
This week we are doing something just for fun, taking the idea from the TV panel show ‘Would I Lie To You’? You will see videos from ten people from the choir, each person will tell three short stories about themselves, two of them will be true, and one a lie.
Your job is to deduce which of the peoples stories is a lie, put your answers on the form provided, and send them to Guy.