Radio, Podcast and Album Releases
James has directed and produced for radio and podcast and recently released an album of original music for the stage. You can listen to this work on all major streaming platforms or by clicking on the titles in bold below:
As part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the King James Bible, James directed Alan Howard, Nonso Anozie, Simon Russell Beale, Samuel Barnett, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Patricia Routledge, Paterson Joseph and Mark Gatiss on the National Theate’s Lyttelton stage in extracts from the Book that changed the world. This podcast collection features each of those readings and a live recording of the talk Melvyn Bragg gave looking at the radical impact of The King James Bible over the last 400 years.
Over the past decade, James has commissioned 12 of the most influential composers working today to write original music for the stage including White Lies, Guy Chambers, These New Puritans, Rachel Portman, Anne Dudley, Orlando Gough, Kuljit Bhamra, Isobel Waller-Bridge, James Johnston, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Renell Shaw. INCIDENTAL: Music for the Stage presents their original compositions inspired by some of the most famous plays and novels in the English language, featuring spoken performances by Judi Dench, Amanda Seyfried, David Harewood, Felicity Jones, Giles Terera, Patricia Routledge, James Norton, Sharon D Clarke, Stephen Fry, Indira Varma, Iain Glen, Maxine Peake, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Bertie Carvel, Lesley Sharp, Douglas Hodge and Simon Russell Beale amongst many others who generously donated their time to the creation of this charitable initiative.
James commissioned and developed #ZoologicalSociety, a concept album written by Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew, that features a host of musical theatre stars, including Natasha Barnes, Sharon D Clarke, Arthur Darvill, Louise Dearman, Tyrone Huntley, Lucie Jones, Jason Manford and Trevor Dion Nicholas with the accompaniment of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and Chorus.
James is working on a docu-drama called Family Business about family relationships, national identity and commerce, by acclaimed playwright Alecky Blythe for BBC Radio 3. Created from edited recordings collected in John Lewis stores across the UK, this funny, provocative, and fast-moving story offers extraordinary insight into the aspirations of the British shopper, making important purchases for life’s key moments from cradle to grave.