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


'The concert featured music by contemporary Brazilian composers, which no doubt opened the ears and minds of those in the audience who, like myself, are not familiar with all the technical explorations and accomplishments of classical guitarists in recent years.'

- Graham Marshall, Rochdale Music Society director 

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 and become an Associate Member at the RNCM, James has a growing reputation as a soloist with recent highlights including his Wigmore Hall debut solo recital, many performances of Rodrigo concertos with UK orchestras, becoming the first guitarist to win the RNCM Gold Medal competition, and being selected as an International Guitar Foundation Young Artist.