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  James Rainbird    (b. May 1975) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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James Rainbird James Rainbird was born in Rustington, West Sussex, in May 1975 and at the time of this recording was educated at King's House School, Richmond, Surrey. As a member of the King's House School Choir he has been a featured soloist on tour in France in 1984 with concerts in Fontainbleu, Larchant Cathedral and Notre Dame, Paris; and in 1985 on tour in New York State. London engagements with the choir included venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, the Grosvenor House Hotel, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Among the recording credits with the Choir included backing Tina Turner for the song "We don't need another hero" from the film "Max Max Beyond Thunderdome."

In January 1986 James understudied Aled Jones on three occasions for "The Snowman" and in February sang "Walking in the Air" under Howard Blake's baton -- this successful concert for Raymond Gubbey Concerts was repeated in April. James recorded two scores for Nigel Hess -- the first being "Winter's Tale" for the Royal Shakesspeare Company at Stratford and after this for a play starring Helen Mirren.

In December 1986, James was a guest soloist for BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night is Music Night: with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black and also for a Gala Night of 100 Stars from the London Paladium -- broadcast on LWT on Boxing Day. James' main achievement during December 1986 was an invitation from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to study the role of Amahl in Menotti's opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors." The opera directed by the composer was presented by The Royal Opera House during December in honour of Menotti's 75th birthday. It was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and later James recorded the rold for TER Records.

He has recorded the solo vocal music for "Empire of the Sun," a film by Steven Spielberg, and performed in the Volte-Face production of Benjamin Britten's Church Parables in the Camden Festival. He then recorded "Jonathan's Song" -- the title song for the film "Magic Toyshop" and was invited to perform with the Wren Orchestra conducted by Stanley Myers at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 1987 International Confederation of the Variety Clubs...and subsequently for the occasion to honour Sir Alec Guinness at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival where he sang in front of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales.

Since this recording, James worked extensively with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing regularly at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and other enues throughout Europe and the USA. James went on to study as a Music Scolar at Frensham Heights School. Under the expert guidance and training of Edwin Rolles, he continued his musical career as a soloist with many guest performances. Today he continues to sing, living and working in central London as a singer/songwriter. — Sleeve Notes
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Video: Empire of the Sun clip, Suo Gan
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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
James Rainbird - The Sublime Treble Voice of James Rainbird
The Sublime Treble Voice of James Rainbird (Priory PRCD 5005, CD) May 2004
Featuring James Rainbird  
Reissue of the cassette on CD. Recorded in St. Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London on 29th& 30th May 1987
  1.   Come Again (Dowland)  
  2.   Fine Knacks for the Ladies (Dowland)  
  3.   What then is Love (Rosseter)  
  4.   Prepare thyself Zion (Bach)  
  5.   Man is for Woman Made (Purcell)  
  6.   Music for a While (Purcell)  
  7.   Star Vicino (Rosa)  
  8.   The Revival (Stuckey)  
  9.   A ballad from Paul Bunyan (Britten)  
10.   I Have a Friend   From: Four Songs of the Sea, op. 1 (Quilter)
11.   The Seabird   From: Four Songs of the Sea, op. 1 (Quilter
12.   Moonlight   From: Four Songs of the Sea, op. 1 (Quilter)
13.   By The Sea   From: Four Songs of the Sea, op. 1 (Quilter)
14.   The Holy Boy (Ireland)  
15.   New Year Carol (Britten)  
16.   A Ballad from Paul Bunyan, op 13, no 3 (Barber)  
17.   Sure on this Shining Night  
18.   Hommage à Chopin no 2 (Panufnik)  
Available at   Priory Records Straight way to order album
James Rainbird - James Rainbird Sings Music For a While
James Rainbird Sings Music For a While (Priory PRC 217, Cassette) 1987
Featuring James Rainbird  
Same tracks as the reissued CD.
  1.   Come Again  
  2.   Fine Knacks For Ladies  
  3.   What Then Is Love  
  4.   Prepare Thyself Zion  
  5.   Man Is For Woman Made  
  6.   Music For A While  
  7.   Star Vicino  
  8.   The Revival  
  9.   A Ballad From Paul Bunyan  
10.   Four Songs Of The Sea ..I Have A Friend  
11.   Four Songs Of The Sea...The Seabird  
12.   Four Songs Of The Sea...Moonlight  
13.   Four Songs Of The Sea...By The Sea  
14.   The Holy Boy  
15.   New Year Carol  
16.   A Ballad From Paul Bunyan  
17.   Sure On This Shining Night  
  Come again
Other Recordings Compact | Full
James Rainbird - Cliff Richard Single: Mistletoe and Wine
Cliff Richard Single: Mistletoe and Wine (EMI 12EM 78, CD Single) 1988
Featuring James Rainbird  
James sings at the end of track 1
  1.   Mistletoe and Wine  
  2.   Marmaduke  
  3.   Little Town  
Available at   Turntable UK
James Rainbird - Nigel Hess: Rats! The Musical
Nigel Hess: Rats! The Musical (Myra Music CH58107, Cassette) November 1987
Featuring James Rainbird  
Music by Nigel Hess Lyrics by Jeremy Browne. Based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, Rats! is a new look at the story with memorable music and witty lyrics. The rats who plague Hamelin are punks and the Pied Piper has the charisma of a rock star.
  1.   Prologue  
  2.   Hamlein, Hamlein  
  3.   The Rat Race Rules (Eat, Drink And Infect)  
  4.   Alderman Greedy  
  5.   An Hour They Sat  
  6.   The Piper's Song  
  7.   A Capital Fellow  
  8.   We're Going Over The Weser  
  9.   The Piper Just Played  
10.   You Should Have Heard The Hamlein People  
11.   You'll Have To Refuse  
12.   Sing With The World  
13.   The Piper Just Played (reprise)   Soloist James Rainbird as Crippled Boy
14.   Hamlein, Hamlein (reprise)  
15.   A Lost Endeavour  
16.   When I Was Young   Soloist James Rainbird as Crippled Boy.
17.   Just In Your Mind  
James Rainbird - Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun (WEA/Warner Bros. , CD) 1987
Featuring Ambrosian Junior Choir   James Rainbird  
  1.   Suo Gan   Soloist: James Rainbird
  2.   Cadillac Of The Skies  
  3.   Jim's New Life  
  4.   Lost In The Crowd  
  5.   Imaginary Air Battle  
  6.   The Return To The City  
  7.   Liberation : Exsultate Justi  
  8.   The British Grenadiers  
  9.   Toy Planes, Home, And Hearth  
10.   The Streets Of Shanghai  
11.   The Pheasant Hunt  
12.   No Road Home / Seeing The Bomb  
13.   Exsultate Justi  
Available at   Amazon US
Available at   DVD
James Rainbird - Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Menotti: Amahl and the Night Visitors (MHS Records MHS 512 042A, CD) 1986
Featuring James Rainbird  
Re-released on Jay Records (Jay 1303)
  1.   Prelude/Opening  
  2.   What Was Keeping You Outside  
  3.   Don't Cry Mother Dear  
  4.   From Far Away We Come  
  5.   Amahl, Go See Who's Knocking  
  6.   It's Nice Here  
  7.   I Was A Shepherd  
  8.   This Is My Box  
  9.   Have You Seen A Child?  
10.   Shepherds, Shepherds  
11.   Dance  
12.   Thank You Good Friends  
13.   All That Gold  
14.   Thief! Thief!  
15.   I Walk Mother  
16.   What To Do With Your Crutch?  
17.   Prelude/Opening  
18.   What Was Keeping You Outside  
19.   Don't Cry Mother Dear  
20.   From Far Away We Come  
21.   Amahl, Go See Who's Knocking  
Available at   Allegro Music
Available at   Jay Records in UK dispatched from London office
Available at   Tower Records
James Rainbird - Empire of the Sun - Império do Sol
Empire of the Sun - Império do Sol ( , LP)
Featuring Ambrosian Junior Choir   James Rainbird  
Brazilian pressing of the soundtrack written by John Williams.
  1.   sun gan  
  2.   sun gan  
James Rainbird - The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Songbook ( VSOP CD 176, CD)
Featuring James Rainbird  
James sings on track 4
  1.   Jellicle Ball   Orchestra
  2.   Don't Cry For Me Argentina   Stephanie Lawrence & The Stephen Hill Singers
  3.   High Flying Adored   Paul Nicholas
  4.   Pie Jesu   Jacqueline Barron, James Rainbird & The Stephen Hill Singers
  5.   I Don't Know How To Love Him   Stephanie Lawrence
  6.   Mr Mistoffelees   Paul Nicholas & The Stephen Hill Singers
  7.   Take That Look Off Your Face   Stephanie Lawrence
  8.   Only He   Stephanie Lawrence
  9.   All I Ask Of You   Paul Nicholas & Jacqueline Barron
10.   Tell Me On A Sunday   Stephanie Lawrence
11.   Close Every Door   Paul Nicholas & The Stephen Hill Singers
12.   The Last Man In My Life   Stephanie Lawrence & The Stephen Hill Singers
13.   Memory   Stephanie Lawrence
14.   Music Of The Night   Paul Nicholas & The Stephen Hill Singers
15.   Jesus Christ Superstar   Paul Nicholas & The Stephen Hill Singers
Films and Videos Compact | Full
James Rainbird - Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun (Warner Home Video , DVD) 1987
Featuring Ambrosian Junior Choir   James Rainbird  
Features the singing of James Rainbird and the Ambrosian Junior Choir. James sings but does not appear in the film.
Available at   Amazon US
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