This term the Chamber Choir is to experience three masterclasses with professional chorus masters during some of their morning rehearsals. On Thursday this week the first of three masterclasses took place with our very own singing teacher Mr. Gilbert, who worked with the choir on some of the material to be performed later this term, including preparation for the Marlow Music Festival, a concert with the Amersham Choral Society and of course the evening Carol service at the end of term (details to be released soon!).
James Gilbert studied for a BMus(Hons) and MA in music at Huddersfield University before continuing opera training on the ‘knack’ English National Opera training program. In 2011 James was a member of the resident artist program for the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands singing the role of Il Conte – Le Nozze di Figaro. Other opera roles include – The Pirate King – Pirates of Penzance (Carl Rosa Opera), Papageno – Die Zauberflöte (Kijani Festival – Kenya), Aeneas – Dido and Aeneas (Hampstead Garden Opera), Ben – The Telephone (Chepstow Festival), Bonze – Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera), Angelotti – Tosca (St. John’s Smith Square).
James has sung other roles and chorus for companies including Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, European Touring Opera, Chisinau National Opera Solo and concert appearances include – Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan-Williams), Wachet Auf (Bach), Messiah (Handel), Mass in C (Beethoven), Creation (Haydn) and Requiems by Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé.
In Education and conducting James has taken opera workshops for English National Opera, Kijani Festival Kenya and Opera Minima as Musical Director. James has also worked as chorus master for Dulwich Opera’s performances of La Boheme (Puccini) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart), he continues to teach singing at Davenies and Thorpe House schools.
After half term the chamber choir will experience two more masterclasses with two different exceptional, experienced chorus masters so please may I remind all members of the chamber choir of the huge importance of a prompt arrival (7.50am start on Wednesdays and Thursdays) at all rehearsals to make the most of these opportunities!