They say music is the language of the soul. It’s certainly true for James. Since entering the scene in 1990, he has earned a notable reputation as a unique Musician. Find out more below.
Welcome to my webpage, I am a musician with over 30 years of experience playing in venues all over the world. Please see my biography for more information.
With the government announcing a four step plan to bring the UK out of lockdown, things are finally looking up! As a result, venues are now booking performances once again. If you would like to book, please use the contact page.
I also offer a one to one bespoke keyboard tutoring service either face to face (government restrictions allowing) or over Facetime/Zoom/Skype etc please use the contact page to ask for more details. I have a few slots left for new students.
For solo bookings or tutoring service please use the contact page, or click the relevant link below. You can contact me for my other musical projects by clicking the name. I currently have some Friday dates available for my solo act.
Until next performance
*UPDATE* - 15th June
Yesterday, the government announced that they are delaying the Step 4 lifting of restrictions, due to take place on June 21st. The new "Terminus" date is Monday 19th July, to coincide with the school holidays and to make sure as many people are vaccinated as possible. Performances are still going ahead, but some indoor performances may be cancelled or postponed. Check my performances page for up to date information on upcoming shows.
*UPDATE* - 17th May
Finally, we have arrived at Step 3 of the government roadmap. Indoor performances are once again permitted (which is welcome as we've had some very cold outdoor performances!) There are of course some restrictions in place with audience numbers etc, but it's a huge step in the right direction for live music performance. Full details can be found here. All being well, things look set to be relaxed further in late June, this being subject to the new Indian variant of the virus being kept under control and the vaccination rollout continuing to safeguard the population.
Source: UK Government Website
*UPDATE* - 8th March
Now that children have returned to school, and are being regularly tested for COVID-19, the question is now whether private tuition can now resume in person. The Musicians Union have published their recommendations, in line with government guidelines. The full article can be found here.
"Government guidance states that peripatetic teachers can move between settings and teach pupils individually or in groups, although groups should take place outdoors if possible. Singing, wind and brass playing should not take place in larger groups at all (although ‘larger’ is not defined). These restrictions may be relaxed over time and we will advise members if so.
If teaching indoors, observe social distancing, avoid face-to-face positioning and use ventilation (HSE guidance on this can be found on the Government’s website). No performances should take place in front of audiences. Care should be taken to clean equipment and minimise sharing."
"As set out in the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 guidance, from 29 March, and in line with when schools close for the Easter holidays, out-of-school settings will be able to offer outdoor provision to all children, without restrictions on the purpose for which they may attend. The guidance states the ambition to allow all indoor and outdoor activities without restriction from 12 April."
- Source: Musicians Union Website
*UPDATE* - 2nd March
After the announcement made by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on 22nd February, the government have laid out a four step plan to bring the UK out of Lockdown 3 and hopefully a return to normality. The summary of the plan can be found here with the key dates and permissions listed.
*UPDATE* - 7th January
With the UK now under lockdown once again, we're once again left in limbo for performances. Fortunately, venues are showing faith and booking performances which will proceed only if COVID restrictions are lifted to allow these to go ahead. Everyone is now living in hope that the vaccines can be administered and a return to some kind of normality is on the horizon. Stay safe.
*UPDATE* - 4th January
First of all, happy new year! Here's hoping that we finally see Coronavirus dealt with and a return to some kind of normality, although at this early stage of the year, it still seems far away.
With most of the country in Tier 4 restrictions, and more severe restrictions likely to come into effect in the coming weeks, performances are once again on hold. However, I'm hopeful that a clearer picture will emerge as the month progresses. Stay tuned!
*UPDATE * - 5th November
Lockdown 2 has put restrictions on performances, but teaching at students homes can still go ahead. Read more by clicking here.
*UPDATE* - 31st October
The government have now announced that the UK will now go back into lockdown to attempt to minimize the further spread of COVID-19. This means that venues will once again have to close for at least four weeks from 12.01am Thursday 5th November. More information on the lockdown can be found by clicking here.
*UPDATE* - 22nd September
From Thursday 24th September, more restrictions will be coming in to place which affect the pub/club & hospitality industry. The biggest change will be a 10pm curfew. Details regarding these new rules can be found by clicking here.
*UPDATE* - 8th September
The UK government have amended the current guidelines for social gatherings in the UK to prevent another spike in coronavirus cases and to limit the possibility of another lockdown. At the time of writing, performances can and are still going ahead but the public should follow the updated rules, which are enforceable by law with fines. The new rules can be found by clicking here.
*UPDATE* - 14th August
The UK government have relaxed the restrictions with regard to indoor performances, including pubs etc.
“The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19-secure leisure businesses.”
Lets hope we can get back to safely performing soon!
*UPDATE* - 30th July
With Coronavirus cases appearing to rise globally, the UK government has seen fit to suspend the relaxing of restrictions regarding indoor performances, with a review to come on August 15th.
"On Saturday 1 August, you’ll remember, we had hoped to reopen in England a number of higher risk settings that had remained closed. Today, I am afraid we are postponing these changes for at least a fortnight.
That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:
Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.
Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.
Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines."
According to this article on the Musicians Union website, indoor performances may be able to take place from Saturday 1st August, as long as strict social distancing guidelines are followed etc. I'm not sure how this affects the pub and club trade as it's vague in it's reference, being directed more towards theatres and ticket sales venues, but it's a step in the right direction for a return to normality, performance wise.