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James Garner

James Garner (b.1992) is a young British composer, performer and educator whose music has been performed in the UK, Canada and Austria. 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 recently received its North American première by Opera McGill (Montréal).

He was the youngest ever composer commissioned by the Olivier Award-winning English Touring Opera, composing Dust Child for their 2016 UK tour and more recently One Step Forwards for the Old Vic Workrooms. In the same year, James was also invited to assist conductor Richard Baker for the Olivier-nominated world première of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis by the Royal Opera House. 

He is now working on a new collaboration between Opera McGill and Early Modern Conversions, composing a new operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

James attended 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.