James McAulay

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Encore co-founder and cellist available for orchestral and session work in London.

EQUIPMENT - Cello, with Realist pickup - BOSS RC30 Loop Pedal - Tanglewood Rebel 4k Bass Guitar - Squire Cherry Red Jazz Bass Guitar - Ibanez AF55 Artcore Tobacco Guitar (hollow body) - Novation Launchkey MIDI Keyboard - Ukulele - Melodica - Samson C01U USB Condenser Microphone - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface James began playing the cello at the age of nine, and spent six years studying cello and piano at the Music School of Douglas Academy in Scotland between 2005 and 2011. At Douglas Academy, James was exposed to a wide range of musical experiences, and involved himself in chamber ensembles, choirs, orchestras, vocal ensembles, cover bands and more. His first real taste of large-scale music making came in 2007, when he gained a place in the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland as co-principal cellist, becoming principal a year later. Though James came close to studying music at a conservatoire level, he decided to study Computer Science at University instead, and was fortunate enough to land a place at the University of Cambridge, where he joined the bustling music scene. As a chamber musician, James received an Instrumental Award Scheme scholarship. James played with CUMS Symphony Orchestra, CUOS, KCMS, SCMS, Robinson Choir, CUPO, and many other projects. In his second year, James saw a problem with the way students planned their May Weeks in Cambridge, and so built WhichMayBall to aggregate all of the relevant information into one place. Immediately after graduating in Summer 2014, James joined the Entrepreneur First accelerator and began working on Encore, which has been his full-time focus ever since.

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I can perform outdoors
Christmas, Wedding music, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Folk, Ceillidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Originals, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, Pop, Scottish music, Jazz, Barbershop
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Private event, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert
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Live looping
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David G, 2 years ago

James stepped in at the last minute after we received a cancellation from one of our cellists. He was very punctual, extremely professional and friendly. We had a pleasant conversation during the long journey and his playing and sight reading were impeccable! I will definitely like to work with James again and can highly recommend him. David Giardino (Giardino Strings).

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James H, 3 years ago