James is a highly accomplished guitarist, equally at home within the classical and folk genres, and with some knowledge of flamenco and jazz. He can read a piano score on the guitar, and routinely makes his own arrangements, solo and ensemble.


James has studied voice under Nigel Wickens, Jeffrey Talbot, Felicity Cook, Ian Partridge and Michael Deason-Barrow, and has sung with Trecento, Otto Voci, The Cavalli Choir, New Cambridge Singers, Queens' College Choir, The Cambridge Taverner Choir, The Platinum Consort and Corde, and as soloist for Choir 2000, Queens College choir, Cantilena and Cambridge Voices among others.


Though not his first instrument, James is a competent lutenist, accompanying himself on songs from the heyday of the lute such as Dowland's 'I saw my Lady Weep' and 'Ces Facheux Sotz' and 'Fortune, Laisse Moy' from the Attaignant collection.


James has been teaching the guitar since 1986 and voice since 1997. He teaches classical, folk, jazz and flamenco guitar, and voice both individually and in groups. He also runs regular voice workshops.