James was a member of OBA Bridgend between 2015 and 2018 and is now studying Musical Theatre in London.
We caught up with James to hear about his experiences with The Aloud Charity.
What was the best thing about being in OBA?
The best thing was meeting a group of boys who turned into great friends for life, and who all had the same shared interests and passions.
It was also amazing being able to sing as one huge team, and I especially remember the joy and shivers that went down my neck when we sang the last note of ‘Calon Lan’. Learning all about musicianship, being coached by inspiring professionals and having a great time in weekly rehearsals was a highlight.
As a teenager what were your ambitions?
My ambition was to gain the confidence to take performing further. I wanted to try a career in the arts and musical theatre, to continue my singing and become a better performer.
Did being a member of OBA help you achieve your goals or ambitions?
OBA allowed me to recognise my strengths and grow them. We received the best coaches and team leaders who taught us performance skills, musicianship, singing techniques and teamwork.
Where are you now?
After leaving OBA I did a foundation Musical Theatre degree at the Guildford School of Acting and now I’m in my second year of my Ba Musical Theatre at Arts Educational London.
What advice would you give to a boy who is thinking about joining OBA?
Don’t wait around. Join as soon as you can. If you are interested in music, want to pursue any career in the arts, then improving your singing is the best way to do this. You make amazing friends for life and have once in a lifetime experiences which you will cherish forever!
Can you sum up your OBA experience in 3 words?
Crazy, fun, memorable.
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