Banding Together 16-18th June 2017

From left to right :  John Wild, Andrew Stevens, Julia Dean, Esther Venn, Graeme Heffernan, Claire Wren, Sue Walsh, Nick Oliver, Jan Usher, Liz Millward, James Stretton, Rosemary Kavanagh, Roger Cambell, Peter Rowlstone, Ann Oliver, Rosemary Gadd, Penny Mackreth, Linda Britt, Trish Evans, Sally George, Colin Sleath, Liz Elisson, Sally Barrett

Conductor : James Stretton


James is a Warwickshire man. Born in 1967, he flourished in that county’s music system to perform Bach’s notorious Second Brandenburg Concerto by the age of 17. Under the expert guidance of Norman Burgess, Iaan Wilson and principal Philip Jones, James went on to study trumpet & piano at Trinity College of Music. He is a Licentiate, Graduate and Fellow of Trinity College.In the brass band world James was formerly a member of the Grimethorpe Colliery and Black Dyke bands. Somewhat unusually for a trumpeter, he also plays every member of the brass family and regularly tours multi-brass shows and workshops under the “Brassed Up” title. Watch here

Today James shares his time between performing, leading workshops, private teaching, composing, adjudicating and touring the world as a Trinity College music examiner. He lives on a farm in Nottinghamshire with his wife Claire and their six cats. 

J25 met James (below far left) at the Taunton music festival in Feb 2016 where he was adjudicating. We managed to intrigue him with our instruments and impress him with solos, duets and full band. We are delighted to welcome him to Banding Together.