Just in: Liverpool loses its leader

Just in: Liverpool loses its leader


norman lebrecht

December 30, 2017

Message from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic:


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



  • Michael Pearson says:

    A very fine player. I wish him well.

  • Peter Phillips says:

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

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • Stephen Pearsall says:

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