James studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and Christ’s College, Cambridge where he was the organ scholar.
James is currently the Musical Director for Guys And Dolls, playing at the Théâtre Marigny, Paris.
Previous Musical Director credits include: Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall, conducting The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Kiss Me Kate – Sheffield Crucible Theatre, Miss Saigon – UK tour, Les Misérables – Queen’s Theatre, The Phantom Of The Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ghost The Musical– Manchester and Piccadilly Theatre London, Love Never Dies – Adelphi Theatre (Associate Musical Director), Annie Get Your Gun– Young Vic, Imagine This– New London Theatre and Plymouth Theatre Royal, Zorro – UK tour; Evita– Adelphi Theatre, My Fair Lady– UK Tour, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang– London Palladium, Boy George’s Taboo– The Venue, Closer to Heavenby Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey – Arts Theatre; Stephen Sondheim’s Passion– Bridewell Theatre 10thAnniversary Production.
Musical Supervisor credits include: Ghost The Musical – Australia, China/Asia tours, Musical Supervisor and Conductor for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas– Lowry Theatre.
Other conducting credits include: The King and I – Royal Albert Hall; Spring Awakening – Lyric Hammersmith and Novello Theatre; The Sound of Music– London Palladium and Cats– UK Tour.
On television, James has played the piano for Pet Shop Boys: A Life in Pop, X Factor, Last Choir Standing, The Sharon Osbourne Show, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Showand Hollyoaks.He performed at the Royal Albert Hall playing keyboards for the 20thAnniversary Reunion Concert of BoyGeorge and Culture Clubandalso played the Albert Hall organ for the 25th Anniversary Concert ofThe Phantom of the Opera.