S O L O I S T 

‘James is a naturally clear and confident communicator […] He quickly established a comfortable rapport with the audience.’

- Classical Cleveland (Saltburn Arts Theatre)

‘A virtuoso performance […] demonstrating the instrument at its most evocative. Full of technical challenges of which Girling was the complete master.’

- Darlington and Stockton Times

Solo Classical Performance

Having been playing guitar since the age of four, it was in his early teens that a solo concert by John Williams inspired James to begin teaching himself classical guitar. While at school in Warwickshire, he was then awarded a scholarship towards local classical tuition. While volunteering at the Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival, James met Craig Ogden, with whom he would

continue to receive principal study tuition as a student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for five years.

 

Having completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at RNCM, James has a growing reputation as a soloist with highlights including a Wigmore Hall recital, concerto performances with UK orchestras, becoming the first guitarist to win the RNCM Gold Medal competition, and being selected as an International Guitar Foundation Young Artist 2019/20.

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