Alumnus Joins Manchester Camerata

Congratulations to alumnus James Thomas on his appointment as Manchester Camerata’s Head of Artistic Development and Planning.

James, who studied bassoon at the RNCM and graduated in 2009, joins the orchestra from his position as General Manager of the award-winning Sinfonia Cymru.

In his new role, James will work closely with both Manchester Camerata and its artistic partners, led by Gábor Takács-Nagy. He will be responsible for building on the orchestra’s recent successes as well as increasing its international profile and reputation as one of Europe’s finest ensembles.

He said: ‘I am thrilled to be taking up this role with such an innovative and creative orchestra as Manchester Camerata. I very much look forward to working closely with the team as they build on their current success of being Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble of the Year 2017 and achieve new creative highs.’

James will also lead on a number of international relationships as well as important partners in Manchester, including HOME and The Bridgewater Hall. His appointment is part of the Camerata’s continued vision to redefine what an orchestra can do, and he joins at a very exciting time for the organisation.

Bob Riley, Manchester Camerata CEO said: ‘Performing to 150,000 people each year, Manchester Camerata is an ambitious and creative orchestra. We have a bold artistic vision and extensive plans for future growth and are extremely fortunate to have James join our team at this exciting period in our development.’