James Mainwaring

James Mainwaring was born in Morriston, Swansea. He started learning the clarinet when he was 9 years old and entered the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as a clarinet student at 18. While at RWCMD, he also took up the saxophone before going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. 

After completing his studies, James worked in Germany for five years as a 'doubler' (clarinets, flutes, saxophones).  On his return he toured Britain playing for various musicals including Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast and Miss Saigon

James has played on the QE2, and for Northern Ballet, the City of London Philharmonic, BBC NOW, Welsh National Opera, various television and radio companies, and has recorded for Russell Watson and for the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.  He’s also played with a wide range of artists including Larry Adler, Brian May, Idina Menzel, James Galway, Bryn Terfel, and recently with George Michael at the Paris Opera House as part of his Symphonica Tour. 

In the last decade, James’ main employment has been in the West End, playing as part of the orchestra for major West End productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Producers, From Here to Eternity, Billy Elliot and A Chorus Line

James has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Stevenage Symphony Orchestra and most recently the Copland Clarinet Concerto with Hertfordshire Symphony Orchestra.