The English counter-tenor, Guy James, received academic and music scholarships to study in the VIth form at Cheltenham College (2007-2009), and went on to read Natural Sciences (Physical) at St. John’s College in Cambridge, graduating with an MSci and a speciality in Organic Chemistry for Drug Discovery (2009-2013). Through his undergraduacy, he was a choral scholar in the Trinity College Choir of Cambridge, directed by Stephen Layton. During his tenure the choir was voted ‘5th Best Choir in the World’ by Gramophone magazine, won a Gramophone award and was received an American Grammy award nomination. The choir also toured across Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. He is taught by Ashley Stafford.
Since July 2015, Guy James is pursuing a career as a freelance musician and performs, records and tours with a wide selection of choirs and smaller ensembles including Polyphony (Director: Stephen Layton), The Gesualdo Six (since March 2014), the Amici Voices and the Italian ensemble Odhecaton. He has now appeared on over 20 commercial CD's of choral music. Recent solo appearances have included J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, (BWV 245), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), and Weihnacht’s-Oratorium (BWV 248) with the Amici Voices and also Cantata BWV 170 Vergnügte Rüh and W.A. Mozart’s Requiem in Trinity College chapel.
Guy James has worked as Scientific Assistant at Charles River Laboratories in Chesterford Research Park (November 2013-May 2014); and Associate Researcher at thiNKnow limited (since August 2015). Continuing his interest in Science and Science Policy, he has written for The Observer, the Cambridge Globalist as a Science Policy writer, and also The Tab student newspaper as a music reviewer. In his spare time he enjoys playing Cricket, Table Tennis and Badminton. He currently lives in London, England.