Percussionist James Larter, category finalist of the BBC Young Musician competition, will be appearing at Festival of Sound on 28th and 29thSeptember, where he will be entertaining visitors with his amazing repertoire on a large variety of percussion instruments.

A highly regarded musician, Larter has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the UK’s most prestigious venues and halls. He also loves to play as an orchestral musician having performed side by side with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and at the London Coliseum with the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre as Guest Principal Timpanist.

As well as a solo performer, James loves playing as a chamber and orchestral musician, participating in various jazz ensembles. He played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years and is forming new groups with guitarist Ollie Clark, with whom he has a passion for writing music; they are currently working on an EP. He has also recorded percussion for artists such as Sampha, Stuart Zender, Zak Abel, Will Heard and Omar.

James graduated with a First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London and finished his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He was also a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in the summer of 2017.

At Festival of Sound James will be performing with members of the public, allowing them to join him behind the percussion array to learn a little bit of what it takes to be a world class artist.

Vernon Hamblin, Festival of Sound producer, is excited to welcome James to the show, “As a former tub thumper myself, I am very pleased that we have managed to obtain the services of such a talented and frankly brilliant percussionist. I for one will be glued to his performances and I’m sure our many visitors will be enthralled by what he can do with the instruments that surround him.”