James Boyle


James Boyle joined MK Acapella in July 2013 having moved to Milton Keynes from London.  He became Vice-Chairman in 2014 and was elected Chairman in 2016.  He was awarded "Barbershopper of the Year" in 2015.


James started singing at school in Edinburgh, where he sang his first choral piece, "Zadok the Priest" by Handel, aged 10.  He performed in "Noye's Fludde" by Benjamin Britten as Sem in the school production and then in the Edinburgh Festival production in 1983.  He remained in the school choir and took part in numerous concerts as well as performing "The Creation" by Haydn, in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.  James took a break from singing whilst studying at University and then moved down to Newcastle-upon-Tyne where he joined the Newcastle Male Chorus.  The highlight for him was singing in the Royal Albert Hall as part of 1000 Yorkshire Male Voices (they had to ship in some Geordies to make up the numbers).  James moved from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2001 to Birmingham and then to London in 2002.  Due to work commitments, James took a break from singing from 2001 until 2011 when he joined the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir, of which he is still a member and is the Choir Registrar and a Trustee.


When James joined MK Acapella, he had never sung Barbershop before but enjoys it so much that he is also the Assistant Music Director, has attended 3 BABS conventions, went to Harmony College in 2015 and attended the BABS Directors Academy in 2015 and 2016.  He is also the Bass in the Codebreakers Barbershop Quartet with other members of MK Acapella.


Outside of the Barbershop World, James is the UK HR Manager for a multi-national chemical manufacturing company, runs an "intercambio" night once a month for Spanish/English speakers in Milton Keynes and finally completed his BA (hons) in Modern Languages with the Open University in July 2016 - which he started in 2004 (with a number of breaks - one of which involved moving to Madrid for 18 months).