James was a music scholar at Queen’s College, Taunton before winning the organ scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge where he studied the organ with Dr Martin Ennis. Upon graduating James studied the organ at the Conservatoire de Musique, Geneva, Switzerland with Lionel Rogg, and held the position of Director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Geneva.
From 1994-1996 James was Guest Artist in Residence at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas, USA. This church enjoys a large music programme, and James played for televised services, forÂ concerts in the Vesper Concert seriesÂ and directed the Lubbock Boys Choir. James was also a Graduate Research Assistant in music at Texas Tech University,Â studying voice and choral conducting. While in Lubbock JamesÂ played forÂ guest conductors including Sir David Willcocks and Timothy Brown.
Between 1996 and 2006 James held positions as Organist of Dean Close School, Cheltenham and Director of Music at Christchurch, Cheltenham. James was also acting Organist of Cheltenham College from 2004-2005 and accompanist to the Chetenham Bach Choir (director Stephen Jackson) from 2003-2006, playing for them twice on BBC’s “Songs of Praise”. James was also organist for the BBC Radio 4 pilgrimage to Greece in 2005.
Since 2006 James has lived in Oxford and continues to study the organ with Stephen Farr. His previous teachers include David Sanger. He has given recitals in venues including Tewkesbury Abbey, St Peter’s Cathedral, Geneva and St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. As an accompanist he has played for artists including Sarah Connolly, Rodney Clarke, Ed LyonÂ and Crispin Steele-Perkins.