James is a versatile musician, proficient in both solo and ensemble performances, showcasing his expertise in playing the lute, theorbo, and guitar. His musical pursuits have taken him on captivating journeys throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Collaborating with esteemed artists and ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Rachel Podger, Voces8, Dame Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works, the Netherlands Bach Society, English Touring Opera, The Marian Consort, and Spiritato, has been a source of immense joy for him.
He has had the privilege of presenting his talents at renowned events and festivals like The London Festival of Baroque Music, The Lute Society, the London Handel Festival, Brecon Baroque Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, and Dartington International Festival. James’s performances have also garnered recognition through appearances on various radio and television platforms.
Noteworthy recent endeavors include an upcoming album on Signum Records, where he collaborates with the Academy of Ancient Music and conductor Laurence Cummings to perform 17th-century Italian duets. This highly anticipated release will also feature the remarkable contributions of contentor Randall Scotting and tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado. Furthermore, James had the opportunity to record the film score for The Lost King alongside the London Symphony Orchestra and composer Alexandre Desplat.
Driven by a shared passion for the rich repertoire of voice and lute, James and soprano Emily Owen formed the duo Melismata. Presently, they are diligently working on their debut album, which explores themes of nature and spirituality through musical interpretations of 17th-century poetry. In addition to maintaining a busy performance schedule, they actively collaborate with Live Music Now to bring the joy of music to individuals who may not have had the opportunity otherwise. Their outreach efforts encompass a diverse range of performances, workshops, residencies, and training programs conducted in care homes, hospitals, healthcare settings, and special schools. James and Emily particularly strive to engage children with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as older individuals in social care.
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