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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: Welsh Open

Saturday 16 February • The Grand Pavilion, The Esplanade, Porthcawl, CF36 3YW


Newstead Brass - Contest Countdown

Sunday 17 February • Festival Hall, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 7DJ


Foden's Band - Annual Patrons Concert

Tuesday 19 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Black Dyke Band - Doncaster Minster

Saturday 23 February • 9 Church St, Doncaster DN1 1RD


The Cobham Band - Best of Brass Concert

Saturday 23 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton Surrey KT7 0LQ


Blidworth Welfare Band

February 16 • *Solo Cornet* a great opportunity has arrived for a player to join our friendly and progressive band. Blidworth Welfare Band is a Championshop section band in Notts 15mins from J27 M1. We have sensible diary of concerts and contests


Freckleton Band

February 15 • We have a vacancy for a 2nd trombone player, although the solo trombone position would be available to the right person. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme.


Freckleton Band

February 15 • Freckleton Band have a vacancy for a 2nd baritone player. The band has recently been promoted to the Championship section and have a balanced concert and contest programme. Rehearsal nights are Mondays and Thursdays.


Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)