"Watch out for James. He is an awesome player!"
— Martin Taylor MBE, jazz guitarist
Associate Member of the Royal Northern College of Music
James was conferred the honour of Associate Member of the RNCM at the conservatoire's most recent 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.
Thomas Hardy project: with Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Arthur Keegan-Bole (composer/arranger/producer)
Delphian Records will be recording and releasing a commercial album comprising the repertoire developed by this project: Arthur Keegan-Bole's new compositions based on, as well as new arrangements of canonic and unpublished settings of, Thomas Hardy's poetry. Click here for more information and to help support the project's fruition.
University of Newcastle: Live Concerts at Home stream
In a quartet of voice, flute, harp and guitar, James enjoyed touring a folk-inspired programme, centred around Stravinsky's Four Songs for this instrumentation, in spring 2022 in U.K. alongside Norwegian soprano Susanna Solsrud, Scottish harpist Sophie Rocks, and flautist Meera Maharaj (of Meraki Duo). Their final concert was recorded and streamed by the University of Newcastle in Kings Hall.
International Guitar Foundation: Guitar In London series at Kings Place
In spring 2022, Meraki Duo performed at Kings Place for the International Guitar Foundation's Guitar In London series. Alongside Rafael Arcaro's À Norte, Rio Preto, they premiered another work composed for Meraki Duo: Effy Efthymiou's Swarming, an IGF ‘La Leona: Women and the Guitar’ commission. Meraki Duo recorded both works during summer 2022.
Help Musicians: Transmission Fund
During the pandemic, James was selected as a supported artist by Help Musicians through their Transmission Fund: an investment from the charity towards creative development and learning opportunities for the progression of artists' careers.