James Oakley

James, who is from Llannon, is currently studying his A Levels at Ysgol Gyfun y Strade. Since joining LARS in 2019, he has had opportunities to perform at the St David’s Celebration Concert in the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, sharing the stage with international soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, Côr Meibion Pontarddulais and Côr Curiad.  Through LARS, James has taken part in Royal British Legion Remembrance Services, Soirées in Stradey Castle, concerts at Margam Orangery, at the President’s Night of the Llanelli Rotary Club and the Loud Applause Productions’ Night with the Stars Gala Concert in Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.  James was the recipient of a Friends of LARS Bursary in 2020.

James took part in the 2019 Gŵyl Cerdd Dant Llanelli a’r Cylch, and has also performed in concert at Ffwrnes Theatre with Côr Ysgol y Strade, Athena and Steffan Rhys Hughes.  James has performed with choirs on television programmes including S4C’s Noson Lawen, and Côr Cymru.

James is a chorister in the school choir.  He is a former member of Only Kids Aloud and a current member of Only Boys Aloud.  He was a chorister and also one of the soloists with Ysgol Llangennech when they won the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year in 2015.  Following this, James performed a solo as part of the school’s performance during the Songs of Praise Big Sing at the Royal Albert Hall.  As part of the choirs that he sings with, James has performed with many professional singers and has performed at many places including Ypres and the Somme, Amsterdam and Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2021 James was selected as a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales.

James has received a Friends of LARS bursary and a St Elli Lodge bursary.

Preferred Music Genres

James has a varied repertoire.  He enjoys singing songs from musical theatre, traditional and folk songs, modern and contemporary songs and also classical pieces.

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