Joint winner of the 2011 Brian Stacey Memorial Trust Award
James Pratt: James has a Bachelor of Music from the Elder Conservatorium and is an alumnus of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program, working with Orchestra Victoria, the Adelaide Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. He has also studied conducting privately with Graham Abbott for several years. James has musically directed operetta and musical theatre for companies throughout South Australia, and is in demand as a vocal coach. He has served as choirmaster at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican and St. Francis Xavier Cathedrals, and has directed concerts raising money for various South Australian charities.
An opera singer, James has worked with Opera Australia and The State Opera of South Australia, and has toured Australia, New Zealand and Asia with the Phantom of the Opera. He regularly performs as a soloist, and has given performances in Australian premieres of Haydn’s opera Il Mondo Della Luna and the broadway musical The Light in the Piazza.
After winning a scholarship, James studied at the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School, and has also received vocal coaching from Neil Semer in New York. James acted in a mini-series for SA Film Corp. has directed productions of The Mikado and Guys and Dolls, given performances at the Australian Embassy – Paris, and the Basilique d’Hennebont, has studied Trumpet, Piano, and Double Bass and hosted his own radio program for 5UV Adelaide.
James plans to use his prize money to pursue opportunities through his mentor Dobbs Franks and Sir Simon Rattle, to spend time observing and learning conducting techniques from the greatest conductors he can gain access to in the future.