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Dedicated and creative musical director, arranger, composer, repertoire and vocal coach.
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James trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre, as well as receiving the Saskia Carter Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School. Whilst training, he was taught to sing by several leading tutors including Ross Campbell and Steven Luke Walker. He also worked extensively with musical directors Peter Roberts, Niall Bailey, Ross Leadbetter and Martin Waddington as a rehearsal pianist and keyboard player for several GSA shows, and was one of the orchestrators for the GSA BA Showcase of his graduating year. Following this experience, James’ first job following training was as an actor and musician for the new musical, ‘Dorothy Squires: Mrs Roger Moore’. James continued to work as an actor, before focussing on musical work, namely as an audition pianist, repertoire coach and musical director. James has taught students from institutions including PPA, GSA, MTA and D&B, and has worked as a singing tutor at PPA and GSA, and has worked with their students on projects including ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. James is an experienced user of Sibelius and Logic Pro X, and has arranged and composed for writers and singers such as Garry Lake, Robert J. Sherman and Lucie Jones. He works as a regular pianist for the Phoenix Artist Club’s GOTTA SING! events, including Musical Theatre Open Mic and their West End Talent competition. James was recognised for his work in 2013, winning the BroadwayWorld.com award for “BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION (Fringe)” for ‘Rent’ at the Tabard Theatre.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Christmas, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Folk rock, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Karaoke, Funk, Motown, Vintage, Funk rock, Americana, Classic rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Singing teaching, Animateur, Accompanist
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From customers:

Female A, 6 years ago

Avid musical theatre fans will thoroughly enjoy James Doughty’s faithful musicality

The S, 4 years ago

There are many beautiful and clever arrangements by Musical Supervisor, James Doughty, balancing the singing lines and allowing each to shine

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