James Garner (b.1992) is a British composer, performer and educator whose music has been performed across the UK and in Vienna. He is Music Director and co-founder of workshOPERA for which he composed a number of music theatre works including East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon, which receives its North American premiere in 2017 by Opera McGill.
At the age of 21, he was the youngest ever composer to be commissioned by the Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera, composing Dust Child for their 2016 UK tour and more recently One Step Forwards (Old Vic Workrooms). Other works include the score for Three Sisters (dir. Wyn Jones) in Milton Court’s inaugural season, songs for Creative Madness (Song in the City) and UnconGENIE-al for Tete a Tete: The Opera Festival.
In 2016, James was invited to assist conductor Richard Baker on the Royal Opera House’s critically-acclaimed world première of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis. Later this year, he will begin a new collaboration with McGill University (Montreal), composing a new operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
James is an alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied composition with Paul Whitmarsh and voice with Andrew Watts. He received the 2013 Mary Ryan RCS Award, the 2011 Sydney Vale Award and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Scholarship.