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James Kenneth Holmes - CV

Location:  Telford, Shropshire

Year of Birth:  1960


1972 – 1979Brigg Grammar School - Lincolnshire

13 'O' Levels (including Music) - 3 'A' Levels (including Music)

1979 – 1982University of Nottingham

BA (Hons) in Music

2005 – 2008Glasgow Caledonian University

MSc (Distinction) in Risk Management

Additional Qualifications

Grade VI (Distinction) - Euphonium

Grade VIII (Distinction) - Trombone

Musical Experience

1973 – 1975

Began playing the trombone with the Brigg Town Band.  Also played with Barton Town Band and Barnetby Town Band.

1975 – 1979

Played both E flat Bass and Solo Trombone with the Spillers (Gainsborough) Band

1979 – 1982

Conducted the Nottingham University Symphony Orchestra in performances of: Symphony No 8 (Dvorak); Overture - The Force of Destiny (Verdi); Overture - Fingal's Cave (Mendelssohn); 2nd Piano Concerto (Rachmaninov); Les Preludes (Liszt).

Conducted the Nottingham University Gilbert and Sullivan Society in performances of Trial by Jury, H.M.S. Pinafore and Patience.

Formed, managed and conducted the Nottingham University Brass Ensemble which played a variety of music including works by Gordon Langford, Malcolm Arnold, Bryan Kelly and Elgar Howarth.

Conducted the Nottingham University Opera Group's production of The Queen of Golconda by Franz Berwald.  This was the opera's UK premiere and was staged with a professional producer and soloists, and with a chorus and orchestra drawn from students.  It received critical acclaim in the national press (Times, Musical Times, Financial Times and Opera Magazine) and was broadcast on Swedish Radio.

Conducted the Cotgrave Miners Welfare Band.


Conducted the Carlton (Nottingham) Band and the Rossington Colliery Band.


Conducted the Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band.


Conducted the Shirland Miners Welfare Band.


Conducted the Telford Orchestra.


Caretaker conductor for the City of Wolverhampton Brass Band.


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