James Henshaw is a promising young freelance conductor. He joined English National Opera in August 2015 as Assistant Chorus Master since when he has worked with the world-class chorus, orchestra and with Music Director Mark Wigglesworth until his resignation in 2016. In August 2016, James became ENO’s youngest ever Chorus Master.

Having studied Music at Clare College, Cambridge where he was a choral scholar and award winner as both conductor and pianist, James studied Opera as a repetiteur at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated with distinction. James founded and runs his own orchestra called The Outcry Ensemble devoted to giving a world premier at every concert.




ENO Production of Paul Bunyan

In May 2019, James will conduct ENO’s revival of Britten’s’s “Paul Bunyan” at Alexandra Palace.

The Silver Tassie

In November 2018, James assisted Ryan Wigglesworth, working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, on the Silver Tassie