James is currently in his final undergraduate year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) studying Clarinet with Joanna Patton, Oliver Janes, and Douglas Mitchell; E-flat Clarinet with Anna Hashimoto; and Bass Clarinet with Mark O’Brien.  

James continues to perform with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra performing a variety of repertoire including;

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, and Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. He also received a place on the CBSO Training Scheme back in October 2019, working side-by-side in rehearsals with clarinettists of the CBSO.

Most recently James won the RBC Woodwind Prize and was a finalist of the Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) Concerto Prize, and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) Concerto Prize playing alongside Thomas Gant, performing Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets Op. 35.

Outside of Birmingham, James remains in touch with his earliest passion; Musical Theatre, where he both sings and plays for the Northern Musical Theatre Orchestra (NMTO). 

James is proudly supported by the Maddocks Mills Fund and the Wolfson Instrument Fund. 

S Club 7 – You
Acrylic on Canvas

Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique
Acrylic on Canvas

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