James Mackinder, Clarinet
In February 2022, James made his professional orchestral debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) performing in their Rush Hour and School Concerts, conducted by Michael Seal. Since, he has performed in their Best of the West End and Classical Pride Concerts, conducted by Michael England and Oliver Zeffman respectively. Recently, James performed with the Paraorchestra in their performances of SMOOSH! touring in Newham, Plaistow, Southbank, and Glastonbury Festival.
Currently following the Master of Arts programme at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), James studies with Christopher Richards, Mark Van de Wiel and Chi-Yu Mo. During his time at the Academy so far, James has performed with the Academy’s Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and Manson Ensemble. James recently graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC).
As a soloist, James recently performed Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 35 with fellow clarinettist Thomas Gant, and won the RBC Woodwind Prize in March 2021, where he performed the jazz-infused Mower: Clarinet Sonata. He enjoys performing in various chamber groups and has been a member of the Phoenix Clarinet Quartet since 2019. The Phoenix Clarinet Quartet takes chamber music into the community such as retirement villages and pubs, in addition to recitals. The quartet pride itself on its varied repertoire including klezmer, jazz, pop, and classical.
James has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, and the Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space.
James is proudly supported by the Charlotte Fraser Foundation, Maddocks Mills Fund and Wolfson Instrument Fund.
Mark Rogers, Piano
Mark Rogers is an American pianist specializing in vocal and chamber music. He has been a Young Artist at the Leeds Lieder Festival, the Ludlow English Song Weekend, the Britten-Pears program and has played for masterclasses with Christian Gerhaher, Martin Fröst, Felicity Lott, and Lawrence Power among others.
Mark was recently awarded the first prize in Art Song accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music and has previously been awarded the Alex Menzies Memorial prize and the Hester Dickson Lieder prize with soprano Rosie Lavery at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he completed his undergraduate studies with Graeme McNaught in 2021.
Mark performs recitals regularly with musicians on the Countess of Munster and Philharmonia schemes and has played concerts at Scottish Parliament, the Malmö Radhuset, and a series of recitals at Atelier Ferrandou in the south of France with cellist Kristian Chojecki. Previously, he was the accompanist for BBC Choir of the year Les Sirenes, and is now a staff pianist at Oxenfoord summer school run by Malcolm Martineau.
In addition to performing, he has won first prize from the Royal Philharmonic Society for his article on Samuel Barber in their Young Classical Writers competition, and writes program notes for the Wigmore Hall. Mark is currently supported by a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music where he is finishing a masters in Piano Accompaniment with James Baillieu, Malcolm Martineau, and Michael Dussek.