James’s conducting career includes a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary. With his orchestra, The Outcry Ensemble, he has conducted over twenty premieres or second performances of new music whilst also building up an extensive list of mainstream repertoire.
As well as his own orchestra, James has worked in a wide range or repertoire with a variety of orchestras including the period performance orchestra The Apollo Consort, The London Gala Orchestra and The Nonesuch Orchestra, and the Opera orchestras of English National Opera, English Touring Opera, and Longborough Festival Opera.
With Ashtead Choral Society he’s performed large scale choral repertoire including Brahms’ Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and Tippett’s A Child of our Time as well as smaller scale works such as Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
With his own orchestra James has performed a large part of the major orchestral repertoire including every Brahms Symphony, every Beethoven Symphony except the 9th, all the late Mozart Symphonies and many of the Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak symphonies.