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James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE

Conductor, Teacher

James Chamberlain

Contact details

  jchamberlain76@gmail.com
  
  07976 697456


More about James

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.

 

 



Besses o' th' Barn Band - Celebration Concert

Friday 19 October • Shaw Playhouse 2. 2 Newtown Street, Oldham Ol2 8NX


Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band

Friday 19 October • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London. W1C 2DJ


Black Dyke Band - Elsecar Heritage Centre Barnsley

Saturday 20 October • Elsecar Heritage Centre Wath Road Elsecar Barnsley S74 8HJ


Woodfalls Band - Wellstead Community Choir

Saturday 20 October • Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Hants SO53 2GJ


St Albans City Band - Parmiters School

Saturday 20 October • Dagnall Street Baptist Church, 1 Cross Street, St Albans AL3 5EE


Cheshire Constabulary Band

October 15 • We are seeking a couple of cornet players front and back rank. The band is from all walks of life not just the police. Interesting engagements and sensible workload. Take a look at our "Band and Drums of the Cheshire Constabulary" Facebook page!


Thundersley Brass Band

October 15 • Thundersley Brass Band are inviting applicants for: Soprano Cornet, 2nd Tenor Horn, to complete our line-up on a permanent basis from October 2018. This represents a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly top level brass band in the London/Essex area


Tongwynlais Temperance Band

October 13 • Tongwynlais Band have an immediate vacancy for a Solo Euphonium player to lead the section for the remainder of the year and into the 2019 contest season. The band have concerts scheduled for 2018 in Cardiff and looking to return to the Welsh Open in Feb.


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