James is a conductor and writer based in London. Currently, he holds positions including Music Director of Wokingham Choral Society, Director of Jubilate Chamber Choir, and Director of Cathedral Singers at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He is also Chapel Music Advisor to Hertford College, Oxford, where he mentors the undergraduate organ fellows.

A keen proponent of new and under-explored music, he has premiered works by Nick Bicat, Solfa Carlile, Sarah MacDonald, and others, run composition competitions, and is currently embarked on a major new commissioning project for Christ Church. A recording, of music by the Restoration-era polymath Henry Aldrich, was released by Convivium Records in 2019.

James studied at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, and went on to study conducting with Paul Brough. 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.