James Oakley

James Oakley

Previous choir member of:

  • Ysgol Llangennech 2011-2015
  • Only Kids Aloud Chorus 2013-2016

Current choir member of:

  • Côr Adran Llwyth Y Llan 2015 – present day
  • Côr Ysgol Y Strade 2015 – present day
  • Only Boys Aloud 2016 – present day

With the above choirs, James has, over the years taken part in a variety of concerts and celebrations in many locations in Wales and further afield.

James has also performed with the choirs on television programmes including S4C’s Noson Lawen, Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, Côr Cymru and the BBC’s Songs of Praise. Also, he has recorded a number of CD’s with them.

As a member of a choir, James has had the opportunity to sing with/alongside Bryn Terfel, Shân Cothi, Alfie Bow, Only Men Aloud, Rhys Meirion and many more talented artists.

Additional musical performances:

  • December 2018 – Ysgol Y Strade school production ‘Y Geni’
  • September 2018 – with Opra Cymru ‘Dychweliad Don Pascwale!’ (Donizetti)
  • February 2018 – BBC Songs of Praise ‘Young Choir of the Year’

Ysgol Y Strade – runners up

  • November 2017 – with Opra Cymru ‘Wythnos Yng Nghymru Fydd’
  • November 2017 – Only Boys Aloud tour to Ypres and Somme

(to commemorate to 100th year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele and Hedd Wyn)

  • July 2017 – Côr Ysgol Y Strade tour to Amsterdam
  • November 2016 – Ysgol Y Strade school production ‘Y Map’
  • September 2016 – cast member in Roald Dahl’s

‘City of the Unexpected’ (on behalf of Wales Millennium Centre/Only Kids Aloud Chorus)

  • December 2015 – Christmas Concert Capel Jewin, London

Ysgol Llangennech

  • November 2015 – Wales National Opera and Bryn Terfel ‘Tosca’ Only Kids Aloud Chorus
  • November 2015 – Cbeebies production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Only Kids Aloud Chorus

Additional musical performances continued:

  • September 2015 – BBC’s ‘The Big Sing’ in the Royal Albert Hall, London. *Solo part in ‘Sing’ Ysgol Llangennech
  • April 2015 – Côr Cymru Cynradd Finals Ysgol Llangennech –

runners up

  • March 2015 – BBC Songs of Praise – Nottingham

    ‘School Choir of the Year’ Ysgol Llangennech – winners

  • December 2014 – *lead role of ‘Shrek’ Ysgol Llangennech school production of ‘Shrek’
  • July 2014 – ‘Spirit of Unity’ Opening Concert – Llangollen International Eisteddfod Only Kids Aloud Chorus
  • April 2014 – Only Kids Aloud Chorus tour to Cape Town,

South Africa (on behalf of Wales Millennium Centre/Only Kids Aloud Chorus) to sing with Cape Town Opera and Bryn Terfel as part of the 20th Anniversary of Democracy in South Africa

  • March 2014 – BBC Songs of Praise – Birmingham

‘School Choir of the Year’ Ysgol Llangennech – runners up

  • December 2013 -‘Carols for Christmas’ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Ysgol Llangennech * Solo part ‘Draw Yn Ninas Dafydd Frenin’.

Eisteddfods

From the age of 7 and with encouragement from his primary school, Ysgol Llangennech James has competed annually in both the local and Urdd Eisteddfods. He usually competes in a number of competitions; including the solo, duet, small choir and large choir competitions.

As a member of the choirs of; Ysgol Llangennech, Ysgol Y Strade and Côr Adran Llwyth Y Llan James has been successful in getting to the stage over the years. Also, with the duet competition in 2015 James went through to compete in the Urdd Eisteddfod. It was in the Urdd Eisteddfod in Builth Wells in 2018 that James made it to the stage and came 2nd in the solo competition in the boy’s Year 7-9 category.

 Education

At present, James is a pupil in Year 10 at Ysgol Y Strade. He is currently studying for his G.C.S.E’s. The 3 subjects he opted to study for his G.C.S.E’s are Music, Drama and Spanish. He will also sit G.C.S.E’s in Welsh, Mathematics, English, Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), R.E. and Welsh Baccalaureate.

After Year 11, James intends to stay on in Ysgol Y Strade to study for his A levels; it is difficult at the moment for James to predict which subjects he intends to study though he is certain that Music will be in his choice.

Music Grading

July 2016 – Grade 3 Trumpet

September 2016 – Grade 2 Piano

James is currently working on Grade 6 Tuba.

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