James Tolhurst is a Music and Health Apprentice for 2014-2015 with practice based at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
James has been teaching brass in Nottingham City schools for the last six years, four & a half of which was with Nottingham City’s music service on the Wider Opportunities programme. He is currently playing trumpet with the gypsy jazz band, Swing Gitan & with the Balkan band Aistaguca & gigging regularly at festivals, weddings, pubs & clubs.
From 2001 – 2005 he co-founded & was a director of Monster Massive, a ceilidh band for children which toured nationally & was a regular feature of the festival circuit. He played mandolin, mandola & was caller for the dances & also delivered instrument making workshops using scrap & recycled materials. The company worked with a wide range of groups including play schemes, special schools & councils.
Over the years he has played in bands covering many other styles such as Angolan Son, Klezmer, reggae & punk. As a freelance musician he has also run a recording studio producing demo’s & audio trails, taught music technology & facilitated writing soundtracks to film projects with community groups & schools.
He loves jamming & seeing what happens when you get a group of different people together to play.
“ I am so excited about being on this apprenticeship & feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn first hand from such a dedicated & specialised team of practitioners. Really looking forward to this learning adventure.”