James Couper-Johnston

A versatile Bass with rich and mellow tones.

James Couper-Johnston has loved singing in choirs and choral societies since a young age. Solo performance is a comparatively recent phenomenon but he has enjoyed opera with roles in Carmen (Escamillo), The Merry Widow (Danilo and Camille), The Gondoliers (Duque de Plaza-Toro and Luiz), musical theatre, The Pajama Game (Sid Sorokin), Tomfoolery (Tom Lehrer, various ‘characters’), Musical of Musicals (Jitter (Landlord)) and theatre As You Like It (Duke Senior and Duke Frederick simultaneously), Chaud et Froid by Fernand Crommelynck (Bellemasse), and Under Milk Wood (Narrator).

In between managing projects, James enjoys entertaining old and not-so-old folks in care and nursing homes all over Surrey, Berks and Bucks as a contracted artiste for MAC Entertainments.

Music Likes and Dislikes
Likes: Late Romantic Classics, mainly of the orchestral and choral variety: Mahler, Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, of course. Away from classical repertoire, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Janet Seidel, Dire Straits, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen.
Dislikes: tunelessness.

Interests and Phobias
Interests: Cooking and Eating, Skiing, Leeds United.
Phobias: Cooked cheddar cheese and hairy spiders (separately or together)

Notable Factoid
Arrested in Monte Carlo for travelling the wrong way up a one-way street on the Grand Prix circuit and speaking French too well.