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We’re delighted to welcome cellist JAMES HEATHCOTE who will be making his debut
appearance with us as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. James studied for his undergraduate degree on a
'joint course' between the Royal Northern College of Music and the University
of Manchester, and studied with the head of strings, Chris Hoyle. He graduated
with a first from each institution in 2018.
James has played with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra, and was principal
cellist for an RNCM's joint tour with the Conservatoire de Paris. As a soloist,
his recent repertoire includes Britten's Cello Symphony and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
James has a wealth of experience playing a wide variety of different types of
music. While at the RNCM, he worked with a number of leading composers including Colin Matthews, Harrison Birtwistle and Anthony Gilbert, as well as
many student composers.
James’s other specialism lies in Baroque music, which he prefers to perform on a
period instrument. In particular, he specialises in continuo, and has played
continuo in works including Bach's Johannes-passion, Monteverdi's Vespro della
Beata Vergine and Rameau's Castor et Pollux.