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“James is an outstanding young musician, very talented and definitely a musician who will make his way.”​

 

—  Markus Stockhausen, trumpeter/composer

NEWS

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1st Prize: the International Chamber Music Competition for Flute & Guitar

This summer, James' Meraki Duo with flautist Meera Maharaj received 1st prize in the International Chamber Music Competition for Flute & Guitar: held in Burriana, Spain. Meraki Duo will dedicate the prize money towards recording their debut album.

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Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music

James was conferred the honour of Associate Artist of the RNCM at the conservatoire's Congregation of Awards. The ARNCM is a prestigious new award made available to recent alumni of the College judged to have achieved outstanding success in the early stages of their careers. 

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Thomas Hardy album: Arthur Keegan (composer/arranger/producer) /
Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo)
 / Kerry Andrew (composer) / Ligeti Quartet

Delphian Records will be recording and releasing a commercial album celebrating Thomas Hardy's poetry in music. 100 years of songs unearthed and reimagined through brand new music. A narrative of love and loss woven from poetry and song. For more information

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Manchester Jazz Festival 2023: Aaron Wood & James Girling duo

Jazz North alumni having formerly co-led Artephis, trumpeter/producer Aaron Wood and classically-trained guitarist/improviser James Girling have been collaborating for 8 years. Newly reconnected in an acoustic pairing, influences span American jazz, Brazilian music and classical styles; their enticing arrangements and intimate compositions are imbued with empathic sensitivity and swing. For more information.

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Buxton International Festival 2023: Meraki Duo

2023 marks 10 years of flute-guitar Meraki Duo. The Duo celebrates its anniversary with their Buxton International Festival debut: performing a programme of Dvorák, Takemitsu, Piazzolla, and James' arrangements of music by William Grant Still and Hermeto Pascoal/Quarteto Novo. For more information.

Classical

Jazz & Original Music

Composition & Arranging

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