Increasingly in demand as a conductor and choral director, James is Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Battersea, Director of Cathedral Singers at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Music Director of Wokingham Choral Society, and Director of Jubilate Chamber Choir, Oxford.
Having studied at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, he subsequently worked for several years as a professional singer, singing in the world-renowned choral foundations of Magdalen College and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, touring widely and appearing on critically-acclaimed recordings. Whilst in Oxford, he also held positions including Master of the Music at Pusey House, Musical Director of the Arcadian Singers, Oxford University String Ensemble, and Director of Music at All Saints’, Headington.
Now based in London, he enjoys a varied portfolio of work as conductor, organist, and writer. He works regularly with new music charity Cantata Dramatica in performances of new commissions.
He holds diplomas in organ and choral direction from the Royal College of Organists, the latter as winner of the John Brook (IAO) Memorial Prize. Teachers and masterclasses include Paul Brough, John Traill, Paul Spicer, and Mark Heron.
He is also active as a writer on music, regularly contributing programme notes and essays to groups such as The Tallis Scholars, The Cardinall’s Musick, Dunedin Consort, The Eric Whitacre Singers, and others. He has lectured on early music performance for the University of Oxford Continuing Education Department.