James Akers is a UK based performer on early plucked instruments
including lute, guitar and theorbo. James was born in Scotland and began playing
guitar at the age of 10.
Initially playing rock and blues then attempting to play jazz and finally
settling on classical guitar, he was largely self-taught before having lessons
with Robert Mackillop at Napier University, Edinburgh. Whilst at Napier he
turned his attentions to playing the lute and pursued this, at the Royal College
of Music, London, studying with Jakob Lindberg. Adding theorbo to his expanding
instrument collection, James continued his studies at Trinity College of Music
with 크레이지슬롯 사이트Jacob Heringman and David Miller with additional lessons and advice from
Paul O'Dette and Elizabeth Kenny.
Having settled on the period instrument path James continued accumulating
instruments and exploring the music of the 16th to 19th centuries, with
occasional forays into contemporary music.
Following a Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music James began pursuing a
varied professional career. As a soloist he has performed mostly in the UK and
Scandinavia giving recitals for The Yorke Music Trust, Ullapool Guitar Festival,
Classical Guitar Retreat, Exeter Guitar Festival and the Copenhagen Renaissance
He has accompanied leading Early Music singers including Dame Emma Kirkby, James
Bowman, Michael Chance, Miriam Allan, Gabriela Di Laccio and Sam Bowden and
performed with many early music ensembles such as I Fagiolini, Ex Cathedra,
Fretwork, The Parley of Instruments, The Hanover Band, Sounds Baroque and the
As a continuo player James has worked for major opera companies, English
National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Innsbruck Festival Opera
and orchestras and chamber groups including The Scottish, Irish and English
Chamber Orchestras, Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra,
The Scottish Ensemble, with trumpeter Alison Balsom, and ventured into other
styles with Damon Albarn, the Sonnets and the genre-hopping ensemble Il Festino.
James has performed on numerous recordings; a few film soundtracks, including
Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and Justin and the Knights of Valour; several
theatrical stages, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Barbican, and
broadcast for the BBC, France Musique and RTE Lyric, Ireland.
James teaches early guitar, lute and theorbo at The Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland, Glasgow and is a visiting lecturer at Aberdeen University.
Although mostly concentrating on performing and teaching, James has occasionally
indulged in research, exploring the domestic music making of Samuel Pepys and
his 'musical secretary' Cesare Morelli, the polyphony of Scottish Renaissance
composer David Peebles and, most recently, the Scottish influence on European
guitarist composers at the beginning of the 19th century.
You can find out more about James on his website.