James is founder and Director of Luceat, Organist of St Giles's Oxford and a Masters candidate at The Queen's College under the supervision of Owen Rees. This followed a music degree and Organ Scholarship at Keble College, Oxford. At St Giles', James assists in the training and running of the St Giles' Academy, tutoring choristers in theory and practical musicianship, as well as accompanying and directing the full choirs. He has accompanied the choir on tours to Italy, performing in the prestigious venues of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and Santa Croce, Florence, and recently directed the full choirs and Luceat in a gala performance of Messiah at St Giles'.
As director of Luceat, at aged 21, James directed their first CD recording, Assumpta est Maria, due for release in early April. The disc featured a number of world premieres, as well as reflecting some of James’ research activities. He will direct the group in August at the Kilkenny International Arts Festival in a performance of the Duruflé Requiem.
As an organist, James is organist to Christchurch college choir, and is active as a recitalist. Recent venues include Keble and the Queen's College Oxford, Sydney Sussex and Queen's Colleges Cambridge, Blenheim Palace and Christchurch Cathedral. James is currently studying organ with William Whitehead and conducting with Paul Spicer.