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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


The Past & I: album by Arthur Keegan (composer/arranger/producer) /
Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo) / James Girling / Ligeti Quartet
Delphian Records release an album of new compositions and arrangements by Arthur Keegan which set the poetry of Thomas Hardy. RPS Music Awards' Young Artist of the Year, mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean, is joined by James Girling and Ligeti Quartet. 
Global release date: 19th July 2024. Preview here
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Album launch concert & South West tour
The aforementioned album is launched in concert at St George's Bristol on 13th June 2024 by Lotte Betts-Dean, James Girling and Ligeti Quartet. In July after the album's release, Lotte and James tour this repertoire through the South West of England - Thomas Hardy's home turf - as a duo, accompanied by the architect of the record: composer and arranger Arthur Keegan. Click here for details. 
Paraorchestra: BBC Proms debut
In August 2024, James makes his debut in the BBC Proms: playing electric guitar in Paraorchestra's world premiere performance of The Virtuous Circle, at Bristol Beacon for 'Proms At...'. 

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1st Prize: International Chamber Music Competition for Flute & Guitar
In 2023, James' Meraki Duo with flautist Meera Maharaj were awarded 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.
Associate Artist of the Royal Northern College of Music
James has been 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. 
Agbeko release There Must Be Another Way
12-piece band Agbeko, of which James is co-founder, toured their sophomore album There Must Be Another Way in late-2023. It has been spun by BBC Radio 6 and by BBC Music Introducing among other stations. Have a listen here. 

In 2024, they record their next album prior to festival performances including Kelburn Garden Party, Kendal Calling and their debut show in Spain. 


Jazz & Original Music

Composition & Arranging

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