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James Gillett

Pianist — Conductor — Musician


James Gillett is a Manchester-based pianist and conductor from Grimsby and has recently graduated with a master's degree from the Royal Northern College of Music as a repetiteur. James first studied music at the University of Manchester. He left University with an LRSM in clarinet, an ATCL (dist.) in piano, and a first-class degree in Music, obtaining the Hargreaves Prize for Analysis.Alongside James’ experiences at University, he developed a love for music-making in the theatre. This interest began with producing and conducting a staged production of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale. It was then further cultivated through experiences such as Young Artist Conductor for Waterperry Opera Festival. James is currently accompanist for PB theatricals and has recently musically directed a sold-out double-bill as part of RNCM's Spotlight Concert Series.Alongside his operatic endeavours, James actively promotes community music making, and is the musical director of Oldham Symphony Orchestra and Abney Orchestra. He is also involved in Manchester's contemporary music scene and was honoured to work as repetiteur for the premiere of Anna Appleby's opera "Drought," performed by the BBC Philharmonic in October 2022.Outside of the concert hall, James enjoys performing duo-recitals with singers in local venues, sharing high-quality music in a variety of settings around Greater Manchester.

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Operatic Repertoire

BarberA Hand of BridgeMD / pianist
DonizettiThe Elixir of Love (Eng.)Assistant conductor
DoveThe Enchanted PigConductor
Gilbert & SullivanThe Yeomen of the Guardpianist
Gilbert & SullivanPatiencepianist
MenottiThe TelephoneMD / pianist
MozartThe Marriage of Figaro (Eng.)MD / pianist
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroFortepiano continuo
StraussAriadne auf Naxos PrologueOrchestral pianist
StravinskyA Soldiers TaleConductor

Symphonic Repertoire

AlbinoniAdagio in G minor
BartokViola Concerto (Peter Bartók edition)
BeethovenSymphonies Nos. 3, 4, 6

Coriolan Overture

Egmont Overture

Romance for Violin & Orchestra
BizetCarmen Suites No. 1 and No. 2
BorodinOverture and Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
BoulangerD'un Matin de Printemps
BrittenSimple Symphony
BruchViolin Concerto No. 1

Romance for Viola and Orchestra
DvorakSymphony No. 9
ElgarEnigma Variations

Imperial March
German, EdwardSelections from Nell Gwyn
GriegNorwegian Folk Dances
GlazunovAutumn and Winter
HaydnSymphony No. 28
LisztLes Preludes
MendelssohnOverture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

Symphony No. 40,

Piano Concerto No. 25
Saint-SaënsThe Carnival of the Animals
SmetanaVltava (Die Moldau)
TchaikovskySleeping Beauty Suite, Nutcracker Suite
TchaikovskySerenade for Strings

Rococo Variations, for Cello and Orchestra
WaltonCrown Imperial

Get In Touch

James is currently available as a repetiteur and collaborative pianist, as well as available for conducting projects.

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Manchester, UK
07514 289908