James combines careers as conductor, record producer, and as one half of the composing partnership Morgan Pochin. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then joined ENO from 1994-8. Opera conducting include Gaddafi (ENO), Tangier Tattoo, The Bartered Bride and Zoe (Glyndebourne), Cav and Pag (Gubbay), and Don Giovanni (ETO). Concerts and recordings include the RPO, Philharmonia, LPO, CLS, and LCO at home at home, and the City of Prague Philhamonic, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Chamber Orchestra and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra abroad. His repertoire varies widely from renaissance polyphony to arena pop concerts – with artists as varied as Andrea Bocelli, Jamie Cullum, Rick Astley and the BBC Singers, for whom he is a regular guest conductor.
Morgan Pochin’s credits include five best selling albums for Decca by Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Joe McElderry, with combined sales of over a million albums. Other credits include Julian Lloyd Webber, Elton John, the EMMY winning Kumars at No.42, and Juliette Pochin’s Venezia for Sony. Feature films include First Night (with James also conducting the soundtrack recording) and Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet. Their piece the Great Enormo- a guide to the orchestra for children written with Michael Rosen, was premiered at the Brighton Festival in 2013, with a further performance by the CBSO in October – the next performance is at the RFH in February 2014.