James Garner is a London-based 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 and Théâtre Paradoxe. He was Music Director of workshOPERA (2014-17) and is currently a staff teaching artist of Little Opera UK.
James was the youngest ever composer commissioned by English Touring Opera, composing Dust Child for their national tour and later devising One Step Forwards for the Old Vic Workrooms. In 2017, his first opera, East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon, received its North American premiere in Opera McGill's inaugural B!NGE Festival. This year, excerpts from his next opera, Much Ado, were presented at Opera.ca’s first annual education summit in association with Opera McGill, Musique 3 Femmes and Opéra de Montréal. The full-length work will premiere in 2020, in Canada.
James is increasingly in demand as an outreach and education artist, most recently delivering projects for the Royal Academy of Music, English Touring Opera, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Lost Chord. In 2019, he will collaborate with Opera Holland Park 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.
Composing credits include: Much Ado (excerpts at Opera’s Changing Worlds Summit); Dust Child (ETO/National Tour); East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon (Festival d’Opéra B!nge/MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE); unconGENIE-al (Kings Place Festival).
MD credits include: SCRAWW (Gaggle Haus/Trebah Gardens); Sound Tracks (London Transport Museum/Guildhall School of Music & Drama); One Step Forwards (ETO/Old Vic Workrooms). Credits as Assistant: 4.48 Psychosis (ROH/Lyric Hammersmith) and Illusions (Royal Festival Hall/PRS New Music Biennial).