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 in Notting Hill called The Outcry Ensemble devoted to giving a world premier at every concert.

He is Music Director of Ashtead Choral Society in Surrey which he has run since September 2013.



ENO Conducting Debut

In May 2017, James conducted ENO’s UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s “The Next Day” as part of ENO Studio Live at Lilian Baylis house.

Longborough Festival Opera

James assisted at the Longborough Festival Opera where he conducted “The Magic Flute” on July 16th 2017