James is founder and Director of Lucea. This followed a music degree Organ Scholarship, and Postgraduate Studies at Keble College, Oxford. At the same time, James was Organist at St Giles' Oxford. He 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 . The disc featured a number of world premieres, as well as reflecting some of James’ research activities. He will direct the group in August 2021 at the Kilkenny International Arts Festival in a performance of the Duruflé Requiem, and recently led the first all-student performance of Bach's Matthaus Passion in Oxford.
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.