James Dargan's baritone comes across with "conversational flair" (Boston Globe) and a "creamy, rich quality", and his "strong-voiced and even", "clear, distinguished, and powerful" singing has been heard across the UK and New England.
James began as a violinist, and played throughout his academic career at Boston and Leeds Universities, studying chamber music with members of the Borromeo and Juilliard Quartets, as well as period performance with Judy Tarling of the Parley of Instruments. After earning a master's degree in literature, James became a choral scholar at York Minster cathedral, and thereafter decided to add his voice to his violin. In his short vocal career, James has soloed in works by Bach and Faure, Howells and Frank Martin, and has given recitals of Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Dowland, Purcell, and Handel; he is a frequent soloist with the Cantata Singers, has sung with Emmanuel Music, and is a new member of the professional choir of the Church of The Advent, Cappella Clausura, Boston Baroque, and will make his solo debut with the Boston Cecilia in Bach's B Minor Mass in 2014. James is also a founding member of Xerces Blue Ensemble, Tramontana, and Hydra.