Dan James

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Dan James

Dan is a cellist, conductor and educator, whose musical career has taken him from Brighton to Bangalore. The recipient of the George Hurst Conducting Prize from the Blackheath Conservatoire, Dan has worked with orchestras from both the UK and abroad. He began his conducting studies under Andrew Morley, later working with Sian Edwards, whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and most recently with Denise Ham and Colin Metters.

Aside from his work at Junior Trinity, Dan is principal conductor of the Hayes Symphony Orchestra and has has also worked with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, Musicians of All Saints, Greenwich Sinfonietta and in 2014 he was invited to Africa to conduct the National Musicamp of Zimbabwe’s orchestra on their 50th anniversary course and concert. He has been principal conductor of the Brighton and Hove Junior Youth Orchestra since 2009.

As a cellist, Dan completed his Masters in Orchestral Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Prior to gaining his Bmus Hons at Trinity College of Music.

Aside from his orchestral work, which includes working with the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts Scheme, Dan has performed as soloist in Saint Saens A minor cello concerto and Beethoven's Triple Concerto, both in the UK and on tour in Europe.

With his cello quartet, Dan recorded the critically acclaimed "Time and Place" album, with the jazz vocalist Claire Martin OBE for her record label, Linn records. Other commercial work has seen him broadcast on BBC Radio 2 & 3, record for X Factor finalists Little Mix and perform on ITV television as a member of the orchestra for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant concerts at Windsor Castle.

He also enjoys playing in musical theatre and has deputised in the West-End productions of Les Miserables, Shrek and Carousel. He has also held the cello chair in numerous productions at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

In his spare time his extra curricular activities include cricket, curry and attempting various DIY projects!