James Moriarty is a London-based composer and workshop leader. His work exhibits an extraordinary breadth, including everything from experimental new music to collaborations with young musicians, and has seen him work with organisations such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, and Royal Albert Hall. Fuelled by a belief that everyone is capable of meaningful creative activity, he seeks to develop powerful artistic work in the widest possible range of contexts.
James studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was fortunate enough to receive the Regency Award, Pullen Memorial Prize, Charles W Black Fellowship, Howard Hartog Scholarship, and the Eric Coates composition prize – the latter for a first version of his work ‘Windows’, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra. After graduating James became a fellow with the Academy’s creative learning and participation department ‘Open Academy’. This was followed by postgraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a Headley Fellow on the ‘Teaching Musician’ programme.
Recent projects have included work at home and overseas. An innovative new project with the London Symphony Orchestra led to the premiere of a specially commissioned work for symphony orchestra and a massed ensemble of GCSE music students. A commission for the Setúbal Youth Ensemble, a unique group that includes drummers, classical instrumentalists, jazz musicians, and young people with special needs, was premiered at the Setúbal Music Festival, Portugal in May 2017. A project celebrating cultural links between Britain and Armenia, supported by the British Embassy, has led to James composing new works based on Armenian poetry that have been premiered in Yerevan, Armenia. James was also a finalist in the Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS 2018 scheme, composing a new piece for a workshop with Britten Sinfonia players. Other projects have included the founding of a creative choir for adults, ongoing work delivering music education for young refugees and migrants with the charity Fairbeats!, and creative music projects in schools across London.