James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning prizes for orchestral, solo and chamber music performances. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medals and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.
As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, he gave a recital at the Purcell Room which included the world premiere of The Colour of Pomegranates for alto ﬂute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson.
Since 1997 he has been principal ﬂute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London. He has appeared with them as a soloist many times including concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, many European cities and tours across Australia and South Korea.
As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Philharmonia, and also as principal ﬂute of the CAMus Sinfonietta, Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London and as a member of L'Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble. He is currently principal ﬂute of the London Military Band.
Over the last twenty years he has appeared in numerous recitals, performing a huge variety of repertoire. He also appears on many recordings both with his own band and as a guest performer, and has given live radio and TV broadcasts. In December 2016 he gave a series of recitals in the USA, and has also been invited to perform for both the British Flute Society and the Norwegian Flute Festival. In November 2017 he appeared in recital together with Tom Ottar Andreassen, co-principal ﬂute of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently returned from a successful recital tour in Norway and the USA where he included several works from “Idyll” in his programmes. He and Oliver Davies met at the RCM in 1988, and after nearly thirty years of performing together are delighted to have released “Idyll” as their debut album.