17 April 2024 – James Skelton, clarinet

Recitals Australia Presents
Lunch Hour Series
North Adelaide Baptist Church Hall – Tynte Street, North Adelaide

James Skelton, Clarinet 
Jamie Cock, piano
Ryan Grunwald, snare drum


Carl Nielsen (1865–1931)
Concerto for Clarinet and orchestra, Op.57
with Jamie Cock, piano, and Ryan Grunwald, snare drum

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.73
i. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
ii. Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
iii. Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)
with Jamie Cock, piano

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano, L.116
with Jamie Cock, piano

27’ | 12’ | 10’


James is a Year 12 student at Trinity College, and studies the clarinet with his father, ASO clarinettist Darren Skelton. In 2023, James achieved L.Mus.A (Clarinet) and A.Mus.A (Piano) (studying with Monika Laczofy OAM), both with Distinction, and was awarded the AMEB’s Licentiate Prize for 2023.

Following his performances at the Adelaide Eisteddfod, James won the Music Teachers’ Association of SA Grace Barbara Turner Award for Excellence in Performance (2022 and 2023), and won the Wind Division in the 2022 and 2023 5MBS Young Virtuoso Awards.

James has performed concertos with the Norwood Symphony Orchestra, the Unley Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Male Choir Orchestra, and has performed both as a soloist and as a member of the JamSam Duo for Recitals Australia. Earlier this year, James participated in the AYO National Music Camp as a member of the Bishop Orchestra. James achieved SACE Merit Awards for Solo and Ensemble Performance in 2022 (whilst in Year 10), and hopes to study either Music or Medicine upon completing Year 12 this year.



Jamie Cock began piano lessons aged 14, completing an Honours Degree in Piano Performance at the Elder Conservatorium before further postgraduate study at the Martinů Academy in Prague and the Musikhochschule Freiburg.

Jamie has presented concerts in over fifteen countries, and was employed as staff accompanist to the cello class of Raphael Wallfisch at the Musikhochschule Zurich/Winterthur. He is an established and experienced chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, instrumental and vocal coach. He has performed with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, for Recitals Australia, Ukaria, the Adelaide Festival, Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, live broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and Southwest Radio Germany, and in collaborations with the State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Chamber Singers, new music collective The Firm, and the State Theatre Company (among others).



Ryan Grunwald is a recent graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor in Classical Performance. Ryan is in demand both as a performer and an educator, and his most recent performing credits are with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera South Australia, joining the latter in the first leg of their national tour of Graham Koehne and Louis Nowra’s Love Burns in 2022. When not performing, Ryan can be found tutoring drums and percussion and directing ensembles at several Primary and Secondary schools across the state, as well as regularly working with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra.


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