Jamie has been Principal Second Violin of Aurora Orchestra since 2005. A keen chamber musician he founded and was First Violin of the Solstice Quartet and also performs regularly at festivals including Cervo, Whittington, New Paths, Aberystwyth and Southwell Music Festival of which he is the Associate Artistic Director. Jamie has appeared as guest leader with the London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Multi-Story Orchestra and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra. He also enjoys playing on period instruments and works regularly with groups including Arcangelo, Solomon’s Knot and the French-based orchestra Cercle de l’harmonie. When not playing music, Jamie is an avid sports fan, and this year plans to get back in a rowing boat after a retirement of ten years.
I have a huge number of great memories thanks to Aurora, some from the very earliest days – Mahler 4 in Aldeburgh, Stravinsky’s ‘Apollo’ with Michael Clark Company, and more recently wonderful tours to Brazil, Mexico and Australia. However my favourite memory must be the televised BBC Prom in 2015 performing Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony by heart. When the calm of last movement arrives after the drama of the ‘storm’ and the second violins are the first to play the theme… what a moment!