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James Thomas Bowman (b. November 6, 1941) is a famous countertenor born in Oxford, England. His career spans Opera, Oratorio, Contemporary music and Solo recitals. He began singing as a boy chorister at Ely Cathedral. He later went to New College, Oxford. He was a member of the New College and Christ Church choirs. November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto or soprano range, often through use of falsetto. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. ... An oratorio is a large musical composition for orchestra, vocal soloists and chorus. ... In the broadest sense, contemporary music is any music being written in the present day. ... Front of Ely Cathedral Ely Cathedral (in full, The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely) is the principal church of the diocese of Ely, in Cambridgeshire, England, and the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Ely. ... College name New College Named after Mary, mother of Jesus Established 1379 Sister College Kings College Warden Prof. ... College name Christ Church Named after Jesus Christ Established 1546 Sister College Trinity College Dean The Very Revd Christopher Andrew Lewis JCR President William Dorsey Undergraduates 426 MCR or GCR President {{{MCR President}}} Graduates 154 Home page Boat Club Christ Church (Latin: Ædes Christi, the temple or house of Christ...

In 1967 he auditioned for Benjamin Britten's English Opera Group and was cast as Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a work he has subsequently had a long and distinguished association with.

James made his London debut at the opening concert of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and was soon in demand on both the opera stage and concert platform. He appeared at Glyndebourne in 1970 La Calisto (the first countertenor to sing there), English National Opera in 1971 Semele and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden 1972 Taverner.

At the same time James met David Munrow and was invited to join the Early Music Consort of London. The ensemble made numerous recordings and toured extensively, inspiring many to explore and join the revival in early music and period performance. David Munrow (August 12, 1942 - May 15, 1976) was a musician and early music historian. ...

During his career James Bowman has appeared at almost every major opera house including La Scala Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Sydney, Verona, Vienna, Strasbourg, Sante Fe, Dallas and San Franscisco. His concert career is equally wide ranging: in Europe he is well known as a recitalist, with a large following particularly in France. In 1992 the French Government honoured him with admission to "L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" and he was also awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Paris, in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the musical life of that city.

James has made over 180 recordings with all the major record labels and has worked with all the major directors including Harnoncourt, Bruggen, Gardiner, Norrington, Hogwood and Leonhardt. Most of his recent recordings have been with The King's Consort and Robert King on Hyperion. These include the complete Purcell odes, secular songs and church music and two stunning discs of Handel arias.

His work is not confined to 'early music', he has given the world premieres of many contemporary compositions by composers such as Burgon, Ridout and Richard Rodney Bennett.

In May 1996 James Bowman received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. James is also President of the Holst Singers. He was made a CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list in June 1997. In November 1998 James was made an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford.


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