James Wood (composer)

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James Wood (Barton, 27 May 1953) is a British composer, percussionist, and conductor


Wood studied organ in Cambridge, and also studied at the Royal Academy of Music. Wood later studied composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Wood taught percussion in the Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik of Darmstadt since 1982.

He is the director of the New London Chamber Choir, of the Centre for Microtonal Music in London and of the Festival of Microtonal Music of the Barbican Centre. He is also known for his interpretations of Renaissance music.


Wood has received commissions from the Quatuor Arditti, the King Singers, the Electric Phoenix, and the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. His compositions are notably played in The Proms and the festival ISCM of Zurich. In 1993, he received the Gemini Fellowship for composition. In 2011 he completed the reconstruction of the missing parts of Gesualdo's second book of Cantiones sacrae and recorded the reconstructions with Vocalconsort Berlin.


Wood recorded four master-classes for the BBC as well as Stoicheia, Ho shang Yoa, Rogosanti, Incantamenta, Spirit Festival with Lamentations, for Wergo, Continuum. He is the conductor of the BBC Symphony orchestra, the London Sinfonietta,[1] and the BBC singers.


  1. ^ Driver, Paul (1997-02-09). "Have I got new for you". The Sunday Times. p. 16. 

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