In association with
Mr James Tunstill
Toni Date: August 2017
Sometimes you can see in someone the reason why music captivates people the world over - I have always seen that in James. For the two years that I was his student I was inspired by his knowledge, his talent and most of all by his passion. He is without a doubt one of the teachers that had the biggest impact on my life and one of the reasons why I now work for the most successful record label in the country. I can't speak highly enough of James as a musician, as a mentor or as a person. His patience (even as I freaked out over compositions), his positive sense of humour and his undeniable expertise in the world of music are truly brilliant.
Toby Date: August 2017
James has truly been a massively positive driving force in my life and the progression of my career since I was 12. Using his vast array of contacts in both the Music and Theatre industries, James helped me gain a scholarship to one of the UK's most prestigious schools - Hurtwood House. As my Music Technology teacher at Hurtwood, James' clear and coherent teaching methods led me to get an A* in the subject at A level. All of his lessons are perfectly tailored to fit his students' needs and he never falls short of giving you enough quality one-to-one time to ensure that you fully achieve all that you are capable of - often more than you realise! The array of opportunities offered to me by James over the years ultimately led to me getting a scholarship to one of the most renowned drama schools in the U.K. to train in Musical Theatre. I am now playing Marius in the London production of Les Miserables and this is largely due to the training and support James gave me. I owe him more than he will ever realise or acknowledge; that is the measure of the man - he does everything he can to help his students and this care and devotion is seemingly endless.
David Date: August 2017
James was an important influence in shaping our son's musical education during his two years at Hurtwood House. His endless enthusiasm, broad musical knowledge, intricate attention to detail and relaxed communication skills certainly contributed a good deal, enabling our son to achieve an excellent result in Music Technology at A level (100%!) and go on to become an award winning songwriter - with a clutch of No.1s to his credit - and a West End instrumentalist and Musical Director. James has a great affinity with all ages and particularly young people, which will benefit all those who are taught or mentored by him.

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