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
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 continued to receive principal study tuition as a student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Having now 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 onto the International Guitar Foundation's Young Artist Platform 2019/20.