James trained at Kingston University and The Institute of Education before specialising in Musical Direction for Musical Theatre and teaching singing using the Estill Model. Currently he is the resident Musical Director for Blue Fire Theatre Company and Duality Music UK
Credits include: Hall & Baker Live From The Garden & The Garden @ Centre Point (Garden at Centre Point, Tottenham Court Road) [MD/Keys/Arranger], Marie Lloyd Stole My Life (Edinburgh Fringe Venue 39 & Tour) [MD/Keys] (Luna Rossa Productions) [Assistant Vocal Director], Cinderella (Chequer Mead Theatre) [Assistant Musical Director], West End Proms – Greenwich Music Time (Old Royal Naval College) [Rehearsal Pianist], Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse) [Rehearsal Pianist], Our House (Hampton Hill Theatre) [MD/Keys], Collbro: Road To The Royal Albert Hall Tour (G Live, Guildford) [Choir Director for 8218 Youth Theatre] Kiss Me Kate (John McIntosh Arts Centre) [MD/Conductor] Dick Whittington (Hampton Hill Theatre) [MD/Keys/Arranger], Oh What A Lovely War! (Catford Broadway Studios) [MD/Keys], High Society (Richmond Theatre) [Keys 2], The Red Peppers (Edinburgh Fringe Venue 39) [Keys], Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Minack Theatre, Cornwall) [Keys 2], Pinot! The Musical Tour (Palace Theatre, Southend & Wimbledon Studio) [MD/Keys/Arranger], The Garden Dragon & The Lovely Lily (Cecil Hepworth Playhouse) [MD/Composer/Performer], The Vera Lynn Story (UK Tour) [Keys/Performer], Words Come To Life for Italia Conti Arts Centre (G Live) [MD /Arranger] and the UK premier of Boublil & Scheonberg’s The Pirate Queen (Hampton Hill Theatre) [MD/Conductor]
Education Credits include: Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti Arts Centre, Academy of Performance Training, Stagecoach, Richmond Theatre Creative Learning Dept, British Theatre Academy and currently Laine Theatre Arts.