Pianician, Singist, and general Musicker
James Bartlett is in his third year reading music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, singing with Sidney Sussex College Choir and the King's Men. He sang as the Junior Choral Scholar at St Davids Cathedral for the academic year 2012-13, and continues to sing with the choir as a lay clerk when at home. He is a member of Ensemble Pro Victoria, Magdalena, and The Trinity Consort, has performed with Alamire, Mousai and The Amici Ensemble, and regularly deputises for London choirs. He has performed as a soloist with the Dyfed Choir and the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, with repertoire including Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle James has worked widely as a musical director and vocal coach, most recently on Spring Awakening, and previously on Sweeney Todd and RENT, which achieved a run of sell-out performances and standing ovations and was commended for its "consistently stunning vocals", as well as winning the Tab Theatre Award for best musical. James is the conductor of the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra, which consistently performs to 5-star reviews. In 2013, he won the bronze medal in the under-19 piano category at the Urdd Eisteddfod, with his performance televised. He has played at the Royal Albert Hall, for which he was featured by Classic FM. James recently performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 as part of the St. Davids Cathedral Summer Concert series. James has had compositions performed across the country, including a first performance of his motet 'O Sacrum Convivium' by the Choir of St Davids Cathedral as part of their patronal festival celebrations. Other performances include the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth. As well as choral music, James composes for the theatre, and has written scores for productions of Macbeth and Henry IV (Part 1). In September, James will take up a position in the music department at Marlborough College.
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