James Henshaw is an Olivier nominated Opera, Choral and Orchestral Conductor based in London. He joined English National Opera in August 2015 and became ENO’s youngest ever Chorus Master in August 2016. He will leave to pursue a freelance career as a conductor in December 2019. During his tenure the Chorus won a 2016 Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ and ‘Best Chorus’ at the International Opera Awards.

During James’s time at ENO he made his London Coliseum debut as 2nd conductor in Birtwistle’s Mask of Orpheus for which he received his Olivier award nomination. He conducted the UK premier of Jonathan Dove’s The Day After named by the Guardian as one of Classical music’s top 10 best things in 2017, Britten’s Paul Bunyan at Alexandra Palace and was due to conduct the final three performances of a new production of The Marriage of Figaro in April 2020 until the run of performances was cut short by the Covid-19 crisis. 



– November, 2021 –

On November 6th, James conducts Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, conducting his orchestra, The Academy of English Voices and 4 fantastic soloists:


On the Saturday the 27th, James steps in to conduct The Surrey Mozart Players


 – May 4th, 2021 –

James and his orchestra The Outcry Ensemble launched a music festival for this summer: Beethoven 251

Performances take place in central London this summer. See the link above for more information

– November 2020 –

James conducted a film version of Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Grange Park Opera