James Barralet

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Cellist James Barralet, studied with Hannah Roberts at the RNCM and Thomas Demenga at Basel Hochschule fur Musik. He graduated with a ‘Solistendiplom’ in 2006 and has since recorded three solo CDs and an improvisation CD, and given recitals at most of the UK’s main recital halls including the Wigmore, Bridgewater, Purcell Room and Kings Place. He regularly plays at chamber music festivals across Europe and is the Artistic Director of the Whittington Chamber Music Festival in Shropshire, now in its fifth year.

James has a special interest in Indian music and has given many concerts with Indian musicians. His cello ensemble arrangements are regularly performed worldwide and he has received commissions from the Royal Academy of Music, Beijing Festival, Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Steirisches Kammermusikfestival amongst others.  In Wigmore Hall’s Ignite Ensemble and ‘Music For Life’, James improvises and gives workshops for children with special needs and people suffering from dementia.
As an orchestral player he has been a guest section leader of many of the UK’s professional orchestras.