James Wood is a British composer, percussionist, and conductor (born 27 May 1953 in Barton)
James Wood studied organ in Cambridge. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music. James Wood studied composition under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He is also known for his interpretations of Renaissance music. He has been a teacher of 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 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, and the BBC singers.
He 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.