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James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE

Conductor, Teacher

James Chamberlain

Contact details

  jchamberlain76@gmail.com
  
  07976 697456


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Originally from Crofton, near Wakefield, James studied the trumpet with Rita James and Chris Bacon. He started his banding life playing cornet and flugel with a local band, Sharlston Colliery, conducted by Robert Walker. James went on to spent several years as a cornet player with the Wallace Arnold Rothwell Band and a trumpet/flugel player with Harlequin Brass.

In 1997, James was awarded an Honours degree in Music from the University of Huddersfield, where he studied trumpet with Richard Martin, Murray Greig and Colin Casson as well as gaining invaluable experience from Phillip McCann in the University Brass Band.

After gaining a PGCE from Bretton Hall College near Wakefield, James moved to Edinburgh in 2000 to pursue his classroom teaching career. As a flugel player with the Whitburn Band for over a decade, James featured many times as a soloist on BBC Radio 2 'Listen to the Band' broadcasts, at the Brass in Concert Championships and also on CD recordings. James also performed many times with Rothwell and Whitburn at the British Open, the National Brass Band Championships and the European Brass Band Championships.

James has won several individual playing awards at the Scottish Solo Championships, Carnegie Invitation and Land O' Burns contests and was awarded the 4BR 'Best Soloist' award at the 2007 Scottish Open.

James is currently a Teacher of Music & Brass at George Watson's College in Edinburgh. He has been a conductor with the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust (SScOT) since 2003 and plays trumpet/flugel with Castle Brass, a ten-piece orchestral brass ensemble based in Edinburgh. He has also conducted the Dalkeith & Monktonhall Band since 2005, guiding them to victory at the Scottish Championships in 2008 & 2010 and runners-up in 2012 & 2017, taking the band to the National Finals on each occasion. James has also had successful conducting spells at Lochgelly, taking them to the National Finals in 2005, and Whitburn, guiding them to victory at the Land O' Burns contest in 2014.

James lives near Edinburgh with his wife, Karen and daughter Zoë.

 

 



Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH


Bodmin Town Band - Bodmin Town Band in concert

Friday 24 September • St Petroc's Church, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DT


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Central Band Brass Ensemble & Seraphim Consort

Thursday 30 September • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Regent Hall Concerts - Fulham Band

Friday 1 October • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London. WC1 2 DJ WC1 2 DJ


Bollington Brass Band

September 16 • Looking for a new challenge? We are currently recruiting a Solo Cornet, E Flat Bass, Tuned and or Kit Percussionist. Friendly 1st section North West. Sensible contest and concert program throughout the year. Currently rehearsing Thursdays 8-10pm.


Chinnor Silver

September 15 • We are looking to strengthen the band and require PERCUSSION CORNET AND 2ND TROMBONE PLAYERS.. Rehearsals are on a wednesday in our own bandroom.. Good atmosphere in this ambitious friendly band so give us a call.. Concerts and contests planned


Ashton under Lyne Band

September 15 • SOPRANO CORNET: We are looking for a confident and competent player to join our experienced cornet bench. Rehearsals are on Monday nights 8-10pm and we have a sensible and good quality forthcoming concert and contest schedule.


Ian Porthouse


Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator


               

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