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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

James Laing joined Wokingham Choral Society at Reading University Great Hall on 21st March 2009 in Bach's St John Passion BWV 245.

February 2009

James Laing            Countertenor

Rapidly establishing himself at the forefront of the new generation of countertenors, James Laing studied at Uppingham School and was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He furthered his studies at the Royal College of Music with Robin Blaze. He was selected by OPERA NOW as amongst 'Who's Hot' for his performance as Nerone Agrippina at the London Handel Festival. His broadcast work includes Sports Personality of the Year for BBC TV, In Tune for Radio 3 and Midweek for Radio 4. A feature interview appeared in the JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2008 edition of OPERA NOW.

James Laing's engagements have included Oberon A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coachman / Fox The Adventures of Pinocchio, Pastor L'Orfeo and Spirit Dido and Aeneas for Opera North, Oberon A Midsummer Night's Dream and Raphael Tobias and the Angel for ETO, Raphael Tobias and the Angel at the Young Vic and for the Oundle Festival, Refugee Flight for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Nerone Agrippina and John vBrockes Passion at the London Handel Festival, Medoro Orlando for the Early Opera Company, Zephyrus Apollo and Hyacinthus for OTC, Dublin, and the Classical Opera Company, the B Minor Mass with the City of London Sinfonia in St Albans Abbey, the St John Passion with the Irish Chamber Orchestra Messiah with the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra, the William Byrd Festival with Pacific Northwest Viols in the USA, The Scarlatti Dynasty at the Blumental International Music Festival, Israel, Vivaldi Cantatas with the Ten Tors Orchestra and Other Shakespearean Dreamers at The Liceu, Barcelona.

James Laing's current engagements include Oberon A Midsummer Night's Dream for Garsington Opera, Giuliano Eliogabalo for Grange Park Opera, Guido Flavio and Alessandro Tolomeo for English Touring Opera, Armindo Partenope for Les Azuriales Opera, Andronico Tamerlano for opera by definition, Ascanio Ascanio in Alba for the Classical Opera Company and Messiah with Emma Kirkby and the Armonico Consort. His performance with Opera North in The Adventures of Pinocchio is now available on Opus Arte DVD.