James Gorman is an official endorser of Dream Cymbals in the U.K.
Having played on some of the biggest U.K. tours, currently Andrew Lloyd Webber’s critically acclaimed 'Evita', James started playing the traditional snare drum when he was 9 years old in a Scout band. His talents were spotted early as he competed and won in snare drum solo competitions up and down the country. His snare drum skills were nurtured and transferred onto the drum kit when he reached middle school then onto percussion when he attended high school.
James attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where he studied orchestral percussion and timpani with many of the country's, and indeed the world’s, leading professionals and players. He discovered a passion for Latin American Percussion and Jazz and specialised in those areas under the tutelage of Dave Hassell and Allyn Cosker.
Since graduating the RSAMD in 2011, James has played extensively in a wide range of musical settings; most notably percussion for the U.K. and European tours of 'Evita' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar', the U.K. tour of 'The Sound of Music' and he is currently touring the U.K. and Europe with 'Evita' once more. In July of 2017, James made his West End debut with 'Evita' as it transferred to the Phoenix Theatre.
James has had the privilege of teaching all over the world, most notably last year where he ran the Percussion programme at Frenchwoods Festival of the Arts in upstate New York.
James is fluent on all percussion instruments from orchestral, tuned percussion including four mallet marimba to Latin Percussion including congas, bongos and hand drums.