James has conducted the Eildon Singers since 2012. He was born in Edinburgh and studied at Birmingham University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has had a varied career in music education, in the London area and in Scotland, teaching in primary, secondary, specialist music schools and instrumental music services. Since university he has conducted various instrumental ensembles and choirs. On returning to Edinburgh in 1999 he worked for eight years in the area choirs of the National Youth Choir of Scotland in Edinburgh and Midlothian, establishing and directing the latter choir. He now lives in the Yarrow valley near Selkirk and the Eildon singers are proud to have him as their conductor.