James studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and Christ’s College, Cambridge where he was the organ scholar.
Most recently he was the Musical Supervisor and Conductor for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Lowry Theatre and Musical Director for Ghost The Musical in London.
Other Musical Director credits include: Annie Get Your Gun – Young Vic; Imagine This – West End and Plymouth Theatre Royal; Zorro – UK tour; Evita – Adelphi Theatre; My Fair Lady – Cameron Mackintosh’s UK Tour; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – London Palladium; Boy George’s Taboo – The Venue; Closer to Heaven by Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey – Arts Theatre; Stephen Sondheim’s Passion – Bridewell Theatre 10th Anniversary Production.
Other conducting credits include: Love Never Dies – Adelphi Theatre (Associate Musical Director); 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 Show and Hollyoaks. He also performed at the Royal Albert Hall playing keyboards for the 20th Anniversary Reunion Concert of Boy George and Culture Club and more recently, playing the Albert Hall organ for the 25th Anniversary Concert of The Phantom of the Opera.