Trumpet, French horn and multi-instrumentalist
James Stretton studied trumpet at Trinity College of Music and with James Austin in Houston, Texas, and has performed with many leading British orchestras. He has toured widely with the Royal Shakespeare Company and also works extensively as a music examiner for Trinity College, London. Formerly he was Head of Instrumental Music at Harrogate Ladies’ College. With the trumpet he has enjoyed a chameleon-like career playing with symphony orchestras, pop bands, brass bands, early music ensembles and big bands.
In the brass band world, he is former member of both the Grimethorpe and Black Dyke bands. He won the European Brass Championship with the latter in 2005 and often works as an adjudicator.
As a multi-instrumental soloist, he has developed a unique range of workshops, recitals and shows featuring the entire brass family with an imaginative and audacious approach to brass education and entertainment under the title Orichalcum – the World of Brass. He uses a wide range of Denis Wick mutes and mouthpieces in both his regular work and in his one-man show.