James Redelinghuys is a composer, researcher, and performer based in York, UK. They were born in Cape Town, and began their music education studying clarinet with Shannon Mowday. They continued studying clarinet with Morné van Heerden (competing at a national level), piano with Mareli Stolp and Ilse Myburgh, organ with Kevin Kraak, and composition with Clare Loveday.
James completed a BA with Honours at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Kim Ashton and Dr Ed Nesbit, specializing in composition, analysis of new music, and ethnomusicology. In particular their music explores a deconstructivist use of language, and the use of movement and theatre in performance, increasingly incorporating aspects of their nationality.
They recently completed an MA by Research at the University of York, exploring theatrical technique in composition, supervised by Prof. Roger Marsh. They are continuing with a PhD, examining the relationships between movement (including dance) and sound in performance and collaborative practice. They also have an interest in African musics and queer musicology.
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