Browse Record

First Name: Cecil
Last Name: James
Bio: Cecil James at the age of sixteen won a scholarship at Trinity College, studying bassoon under his father, first on a Morton bassoon but a year later with a scholarship to the Royal College of Music he changed to a Buffet, again studying under his father and later under E. W. Hinchcliff. Leaving the R.C.M. in 1934 he was invited to join the London Symphony Orchestra as second bassoon to Paul Draper and was a member of the original Glyndebourne Opera Orchestra, occupying these positions until 1939. After war service with the Royal Air Force he became first bassoon in the New London Orchestra and played much chamber music besides appearing as soloist. He joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1951 as first bassoon, and after nine years, left to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961. A brief spell of freelance playing followed and he became a founder member of the New London Wind Ensemble. He then returned to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as first bassoon and continued to maintain the best tradition of French bassoon tone until his retirement in the 1980"s.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)