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.