James Redwood is an award winning composer and music leader whose practice thrives on collaboration and partnership.  He has an international career, working with orchestras, opera companies and arts organisations to create new music with and for non-professional groups.  

Over his 18 years of working in the field, he has developed a passion for writing music to be performed by musicians of all technical abilities.  He has a special interest in writing for the voice and his flexible style always seeks out musical material which is both challenging and engaging to perform. 

He has three times been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards for commissions from Derby-based Sinfonia Viva. In 2013 he won a BASCA award for Pass the Torch – An Olympic Symphony, a commission for the RPO which was devised and performed by 350 young instrumentalists and sung by 3500 young singers from across North London.  In 2009 the orchestrated material for Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach whose title track was nominated for a Grammy. 

As a performer, he sings, plays violin and devises music with ground breaking alt-pop band, Firefly Burning.