Mr James Letham – Piano
Dip. Mus. Ed. RSAMD, Glasgow 1975 (Piano, Voice and Horn)
PGCE (Music) Jordanhill College of Education (Distinction) 1976
James began his teaching career in Galashiels Academy (1976), before moving to Jedburgh Grammar School (1981) as Head of Music. In 1998 he took up the post of Head of Music at Hawick High School, taking early retirement in 2011, though he still teaches part-time in Berwickshire High School. Within the SQA James was Senior Examiner at Intermediate 2 level. He has set Listening Papers at Intermediate and Higher levels and is currently a member of the Advanced Higher team.
A keen supporter of community music-making, James has directed amateur operatic societies in Melrose, Galashiels and Hawick, conducted the Eildon singers (currently their accompanist), Gala Water Singers and Abbey Consort, as well as conducting Scottish Borders Youth Orchestra for over 30 years. Recent developments have been the formation of the Agapanthus Duo, with violinist Andrew Sherwood, and singing bass solos for performances by local choirs.