Music Administrator/ Producer
James is not merely a versatile musician, but also a versatile administrator. He has been involved in many events in different capacities, and it is his unique ability to bring all of the strands of his strengths together that make him such an employable musician. He is Artistic Director of Westbourne Music, as well as an Atheneum Award holder to develop a new professional vocal ensemble for Scotland.
In 2012, James was the Producer of a Tapestry of Many Threads at the Dovecot Weaving Studios as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also oversaw a professional recording of the music, wrote a lighting design and ensured that the production ran smoothly. The production earned a 4* review in The Scotsman.
Part of his work with Actors Touring Company involved James contacting and coordinating choirs for the production run of The Events during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This production won the Carol Tambor Award, a Fringe First, and was the Guardian's Piece of Theatre of the Year, more can be read here.
Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2014, Glasgow High School Chamber Choir employed James to produce their first CD. He worked with Priory Records to ensure the musical quality of the disk and offer advice on both singing and sound to the young musicians of the choir.
For two years, James adjudicated the Voice Festival UK University Competition round in St Andrews, chosing both the overall winner to move on to the national finals, and also a number of individual prizes.
As a technician, James was Assistant Stage Manager for St Endellion Festival’s production of Die Valkyrie at the Hall for Cornwall. He was also involved in the redesign of the lighting rig at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, where he caught the attention of Stage Electrics engineers and was employed by them to help rig the system.
From 2011/12, James was Vice President/Treasurer of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Student Union. As such, he has sat on Academic Board, Board of Governors, Academic Standards Committee and the BMus Programme Design Team (of which he was an equal member). He is also a student reviewer for QAA Scotland, validating the BEd course at the Conservatoire twice.