Experienced as a conductor of choral and orchestral repertoire, James holds regular positions including Director of Wokingham Choral Society, Jubilate Chamber Choir, the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, and St Mary's Church, Battersea.

Highlights of the current season have included full-scale performances of Dvorak Stabat mater, Mozart Requiem, and Bernstein Chichester Psalms. An advocate of new music, he was the conductor of the recent world premiere performance of Nick Bicat Akathistos in St Stephen Walbrook, London, with Cantata Dramatica, with whom he has also conducted premiere recordings of music by Solfa Carlile.

A prize-winning recipient of the Choral Directing Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, he teaches conducting at Hertford College, Oxford, and has given workshops for the Oxford University Continuing Education Department.

An enthusiastic musical communicator, he is frequently commissioned to write programme notes and essays for leading ensembles including The Tallis Scholars, The Eric Whitacre Singers, and others.

James read Music at The Queen's College, University of Oxford, and subsequently sang professionally for the Choirs of Magdalen College and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.