James Nightingale

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James Nightingale is a saxophonist based in Sydney, Australia. His musical interests are in contemporary classical music
James has had works by Australian composers Barry Cockcroft, Paul Stanhope and Stuart Greenbaum dedicated to him. James was a co-commissioner of Brian Howard’s
Voyages 1-8 for solo saxophone in 2011 and co-ordinated the world premiere performance of this work at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland in July 2012. His playing is also featured on the newly released CD, Hammerings, the music of Alan Holley.

James performed at the Canberra International Music Festival in 2015 as a member of Ensemble Offspring, with the Moorambilla Voices and in the performance of Brian Howard’s Full Fathom Five. He has performed regularly as a casual musician with Sydney’s orchestras since 1993, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret’ in 2013 and the Sydney Symphony’s tour of Italy in 2008. James performed as soloist with the Sydney Symphony for ABC Television’s Quest ’95 program, and was a finalist in this competition as a member of the Senarius Saxophone Quartet.

James completed a PhD at the University of Queensland in 2011 and holds degrees of both Master of Music (performance) and Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. James was awarded the prize of ‘Student of the Year’ at the Sydney Conservatorium on completing his undergraduate degree in 1992.

James has extensive experience as a saxophone teacher and examiner, including fourteen years as a member of the part-time casual staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1996-2009). He was engaged by the Australian Music Examinations Board to be the consultant editor for the AMEB Saxophone Series 2 grade books (released in 2008). He currently teaches saxophone at Sydney Grammar School.
James Nightingale Performing Bo by Barry Cockcroft