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James Oxley   Tenor

James Oxley studied as a cellist at the Royal College of Music and later gained a scholarship to Oxford where he read music. He subsequently developed his singing, studying privately with Rudolf Piernay. In 1992 he won first prize at both the Mary Garden and the Great Grimsby International competitions, and in 1994 was awarded first prize at the renowned International Vocalisten Concours at 's-Hertogenbosch.

He has appeared at all the major concert halls in London, at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as at the Three Choirs Festival. He recently sang in the Missa Solemnis with Heinrich Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His engagements have taken him to all the major European countries, especially to France where he has worked with Philippe Herreweghe, Hervé Niquet and Christophe Rousset. In 1996 he gave performances of Britten's War Requiem in San Sebastian and Amiens. Further afield, he has sung in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Singapore, and he sang Schumann's Dichterliebe with the pianist David Owen Norris at the Huntington Festival in Australia. He has performed baroque music in Scandinavia, St Matthew Passion in Melbourne, Handel's Messiah in Vienna, and toured Britten's Serenade in Australia during 1998. Concerts in the season 1999/2000 include a Goethe weekend at Schloss Herten with Graham Johnson and Pulcinella with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

James has appeared frequently in opera, notably at English National Opera and, in 1993, with Glyndebourne. In 1994 he sang the title role in Kent Opera's acclaimed production of Britten's The Prodigal Son and in 1995 he appeared at the Opéra Comique in Paris in Purcell's King Arthur. In 1997 he sang in the title role of Werther at Wexford and as Lurcanio in Handel's Ariodante at the Covent Garden Festival and Belmonte in the 1998 Spoleto Festival production of Il Seraglio. In 1998/99 he sang at the Opéra de Rennes in Fauré's Pénélope and at Garsington in Strauss's Die Liebe der Danaë. Future engagements include return visits to Rennes as Lensky in Eugene Onegin.

James Oxley  photograph

James Oxley joins Wokingham Choral Society in the title role of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at Eton School Hall on 1st April 2000. Gerontius in the first part of the work, the Soul of Gerontius in the second.

February 2000