James Tunstill (BMus/RCM (Hons) ALCM), was second in charge of the Music Department, Head of Peripatetic Music and Head of PSHEE & Lifeskills at Hurtwood House School, Surrey, where he worked from 2000. Having gained his first professional qualification whilst still at school, James then studied for 4 years at The Royal College of Music as a flautist under Christopher Hyde-Smith and David Butt; he also studied Piano under Niel Immelman and Conducting under Neil Thompson as well as Stylistics, Analysis and Composition/Arrangement. During his time at the RCM James performed regularly as principal flute and also piccolo with the College’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Concert Band in venues including The Royal Albert Hall and The Britten Theatre, on soundtracks for feature films including “Shine” and was heavily involved in a number of chamber ensembles and a regular member of the RCM Chorus.
James started his musical life as a Choral Scholar and continues singing in his spare time. This has led him to undertake a number of concert tours and recordings for radio, television and film in the UK, Sweden and the Czech Republic as well as in countless Cathedrals up and down the country and in Europe. In 2009 James was invited to perform as a guest solo vocalist at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association’s annual showcase. He is also still active as a freelance performer and Musical Director with credits including: Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, The Producers, 9 to 5, Oliver!, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Half a Sixpence, White Christmas and The King and I amongst others.
James is a highly experienced teacher, administrator and manager; he has also worked for Edexcel as an examiner for AS/A2 Music Technology and GCSE Music for over 10 years.