James Risdon is a recorder player with a repertoire spanning the early Baroque to the 21st century including several of his own transcriptions. James is registered blind and learns all his music from Braille, performing from memory. In 2011 he gained his LRSM with distinction and was runner-up in the International Competition for Blind Musicians at the Jan Dale Conservatory in Prague. He has performed as soloist with several orchestras, and has given recitals
At St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Regent Hall and the Handel House Museum in London, as well as more unusual engagements on the London Eye, for the Japanese Government and the London Aquarium.
James is currently recording his first album of solo recorder music.
He is thrilled to be performing with the Paraorchestra and by the almost limitless musical potential afforded by this incredible collection of musicians working across genres, cultures and preconceptions.
‘Paraorchestra is a fantastic opportunity for me to work with a group of hugely talented musicians. The process of fusing our musical styles and backgrounds to create and perform new music is challenging and exhilarating. I hope that Paraorchestra will become a central part of our musical landscape and recognised for breaking down barriers and making music without limits.’