Just in: Liverpool loses its leader

December 30, 2017 by norman lebrecht


Message from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:


James resigned two years ago from his other job as co-leader of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Comments (6)

  1. Michael Pearson says:

    A very fine player. I wish him well.

  2. Peter Phillips says:

    Over a long and distinguished career he has also led the BBCNOW and the Endellion Quartet.

    1. Will says:

      I know that this may seem a bit academic, but I am very pleased to see your correct use of the word ‘led’. There are so many illiterate postings on this and other messageboards where the word ‘lead’ is used, that I sometimes wonder whether our polluted atmosphere has infiltrated the posters’ brains so much that they can’t distinguish between a heavy metal and a declension of a much-used verb.

  3. will says:

    Hmmm… about 20 years ago when he was one of the leaders of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he unforgivably and unjustifiably gave a very hard time to one of my teachers, who was directing / conducting some rather forgettable baroque/roccoco concerto recordings from the harpsichord.
    I’m pretty sure that the RLPO will easily ‘get over’ his leaving the orchestra…
    The words ‘riddance’ and ‘good’ come to mind!

    1. Will says:

      Oh dear I’d like to make it clear that the ‘forgettability’ of these concertos was the fault of the COMPOSER ( Boccherini) not the superb playing of the solo cellist, TIM HUGH!

  4. Stephen Pearsall says:

    Yes very sad to learn of this news. He was lovely in Missa Solemnis.

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