Girton College is delighted to announce that James Pearson, Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, has joined the College as Musician in Residence from 1 April 2023.
James is an internationally renowned musician whose work covers all genres of music, especially jazz. Among the many people James has worked with are Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Gregory Porter, Rufus Wainwright, Nigel Kennedy, Ray Davies, and Joss Stone. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music where he studied with Robert Saxton, Francis Shaw, Peter Bithell, and James Gibb and performed regularly with the symphony orchestra.
The Mistress, Dr Elisabeth Kendall, said:
“This is a fantastic appointment. James is an extraordinarily talented jazz musician at the very top of his profession. It’s wonderful to see music at Girton going from strength to strength.”
James Pearson said:
“I absolutely love Girton College. When I first performed there with Tim Boniface I felt wonderfully inspired. Girton has a fun, forward-thinking energy that fits really well with the type of music I perform. I am delighted to assume this position and look forward greatly to performing at the College, working alongside students and staff, and generally enjoying being creative in such beautiful surroundings. I hope to be able to lead some memorable and unusual collaborations with musicians and artists of all types over the coming years.”
College Chaplain and Jazz musician, Rev'd Dr Tim Boniface said:
“James Pearson is a jazz musician of the highest calibre whose technical prowess and enviable list of world-class collaborators is matched by his energy, knowledge of the tradition and enthusiasm for jazz education. Playing jazz with James is always a great pleasure, and I am delighted that he is becoming a member of the community here at Girton, where I have no doubt that he will be a great asset to our already flourishing musical culture. It is a great joy to welcome him as a Musician in Residence.”
James joins our other exceptionally talented Musicians in Residence: Andrew Kennedy, Jeremy West, and Nicholas Mulroy. More information about these musicians can be found below.
In case you missed it during the Coronation weekend, here is a fabulous jazz version of the UK national anthem performed by James at Cadogan Hall.