James Woodrow studied violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, principally under Steven Wilkie, gaining a first class honours degree. At the end of his studies at the RNCM, James was awarded the Roger Raphael Prize for his contribution to RNCM chamber music. His quartet performed annually at the RNCM Chamber Music Festival. With this ensemble, he was awarded the Nossek Prize for Romantic quartet repertoire and the Schubert Prize for a performance of the Schubert Quintet. As a performer, James performs on both modern and baroque violins. This has led to a very varied performing career, as a chamber musician, ensemble and orchestral musician, encompassing diverse repertoire. Solo recitals include St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bradford Cathedral, Sheffield Cathedral, Bury Parish Church and St Ann’s, Manchester. In 2014 he founded The York Camerata. Performances with this ensemble include the rarely performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D minor and Bach Concerto for Two Violins as soloist/director. James’s interest in orchestral playing developed during his two years with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He plays regularly with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as a freelance player, including on radio broadcasts and commercial recordings. He also plays with Skipton Camerata, including as principal second violin, and with Manchester Concert Orchestra amongst others. On baroque violin, he has performed with the Hanover Band (as part of their nurturing emerging talent scheme), International Baroque Players, Charivari Agréable, Fiori Musicali, 18th Century Sinfonia, Northern Baroque Sinfonia and Eboracum Baroque.
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