Baritone James Newby is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious John Christie Award.
James is a Jerwood Young Artist and was a member of the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus. This season he sang the roles of Marcellus/Player 4 in Hamlet, Messenger in La traviata and Notary in Don Pasquale. He also performed in the Chorus for all three of those productions, as well as La clemenza di Tito.
James studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and won the 2017 Trinity Gold Medal. He has been awarded the OAE Rising Stars prize for the 2017-2018 season and will perform regularly with the OAE in programmes at the South Bank, King’s Place and on tour.
The John Christie Award is an annual scholarship given to a promising young singer to fund private study and has been awarded since 1965 by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Past winners include: Ryland Davies , Richard Van Allan , Gerald Finley , Kate Royal , Matthew Rose , Allan Clayton , Duncan Rock  and Louise Alder .
Each year the Musicians’ Company, one of the oldest and most respected charitable companies in the City of London, donates over £200,000 in scholarships and awards in support of young musicians at the start of their careers across all musical disciplines.
The 2017 winner was announced on Sunday 27 August at the final performance of Glyndebourne Festival 2017.