James Garner is a British composer, musical director and educator. His work has been performed in the UK and Canada, at venues including Kings Place, Arcola Theatre, Milton Court Theatre, Le Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Théâtre Paradoxe.
Stage works include: Dust Child, One Step Forwards (English Touring Opera), Seven Velvet Suits (workshOPERA/BasicSpace), unconGENIE-al (Kings Place Festival/Tête à Tête), East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon (Le Festival d’Opèra B!nge/MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE & Tête à Tête) and a score to Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Milton Court Theatre). Excerpts from his next opera, Much Ado, were presented at Opera.ca’s inaugural education and training summit in association with Opera McGill, Musique 3 Femmes and Opéra de Montréal, as well as at Opera NUOVA, Canada's largest festival of music theatre. Much Ado is commissioned by Opera McGill and premieres in Montréal in 2022.
His credits as MD include: Dead Equal (Summerhall/Edinburgh Fringe), These Wondering Stones (Barbican Centre/Culture Mile in assoc. Museum of London), SCRAWW (Trebah Gardens), Sound Tracks (London Transport Museum/Guildhall School of Music & Drama), One Step Forwards (ETO/Old Vic Workrooms). As assistant to Richard Baker, his credits include: 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House/Lyric Hammersmith) and Illusions (Royal Festival Hall/PRS New Music Biennial). He has also delivered educational projects for English Touring Opera, Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Opera Holland Park, Little Opera UK, Lost Chord and AgeUK.
James studied composition and voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he received the 2013 Mary Ryan RCS Award, the 2011 Sydney Vale Award and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Scholarship. He was previously Music Director and co-founder of workshOPERA (2014-17).