James grew up in Swansea and at the age of 9 he began learning the clarinet. Demonstrating an early natural ability he passed his grade 8 aged 12. On leaving school he entered the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and 2 years later he transfered to the Royal Academy of Music.
During his studies there he took up the Saxophone and Flute and was a founder member of the award winning “Moriarty Saxophone Quartet”. Whilst studying, James began to establish his freelance career working for TV, Radio and with various orchestras.
1994 saw a move to Germany to play in many “Musical” productions including “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Beauty And The Beast”. In 1999 he returned to the UK to tour in various musical productions. Since 2003 James has played in the West End of London, performing in many shows such as “The Producers”, “Billy Elliot”, “Wicked”, “Matilda”, “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” whilst also continuing to be in demand as a freelance player in various musical genres.
For his own personal development James continues to study a variety of musical instruments and styles.