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James Warburton

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James Warburton is a freelance violinist based in the North West of England and North Wales. He recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with first-class honours. Hailing from Bolton, James started playing the violin at age 7 and progressed through the local music service orchestras, before joining the Halle Youth Orchestra and the RNCM’s junior department, where he was taught by Steve Wilkie for four years.


During his undergraduate degree at the RNCM that followed, James led notable projects such as the RNCM Symphony Orchestra’s annual Bridgewater Hall concert and their production of The Marriage of Figaro. Currently, James freelances with various orchestras in the North West, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, as well as the Symphonia Verbum Orchestra (as leader) and Manchester Concert Orchestra. James also performs at Candlelight Concerts run by Fever and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta, as well as weddings and events across the UK.

James is very fortunate to play a 1772 Joseph Hill violin, generously loaned to him by the

Tompkins Tate Musical Instrument Trust.

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