Fiddling with the electrics

Posted by mjs76 at Aug 09, 2010 03:45 PM |
Leicester student James Ledingham is a dab-hand on the electric violin and is using his musical talents to raise money for charity.

James, from Wellingborough, has recently been in The Lodge recording studio in Northampton to record instrumental versions of classic and current pop songs made famous by artists from Led Zeppelin to Lady Gaga. This new CD will be launched at a concert by James on 10 September at The Castle, Wellingborough.

Using an effects pedal and other electronic gizmos, James is able to accompany himself and provide a unique take on well-known songs. He has already raised thousands of pounds for charities through busking and has performed at many venues including a gig at Embrace Arts, the University’s arts centre, in May this year.

The Castle gig and the CD will raise money for a local Northamptonshire charity, the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal. The eclectic set list for the concert ranges from Coldplay to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers with a little Bach and Mendelssohn thrown into the mix. Tickets cost £10 from the Box Office on 01933 270007 or online.

When not performing solo with his electronic kit – or working for his degree in our Department of Geography – James plays a more conventional violin as leader of the University of Leicester Sinfonia or sometimes performs with two friends as the Hatton Park Trio.

He is also a recipient of a University of Leicester music scholarship and earlier this year was able, through the University’s partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, to take a masterclass with the Philharmonia’s leader, Maya Iwabuchi. This one-on-one training was preparation for a performance as a soloist on the famous Bach Double Violin Concerto.

On James’ Facebook page you can watch videos of him performing tracks by Muse, the Arctic Monkeys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snow Patrol and others.