James Inverne (born 1975) is an English cultural critic and commentator, specialising in theatre, opera and classical music, and film. He is also an artist manager and consultant for leading classical musicians and a playwright.
Inverne worked as European Performing Arts Correspondent for Time (2000-2005), and as arts editor for the cable TV arts channel Performance.
Inverne was editor of Gramophone magazine from November 2005 to 2011, where he won the Press Gazette prize for Exclusive of the Year for the magazine’s exposing of the Joyce Hatto recordings fraud.
Inverne is a columnist for the Jewish Chronicle newspaper. In an interview in the Jewish Chronicle, Simon Round compared Inverne to a impresario Simon Cowell: "both have the ability to help make the careers of aspiring musicians."
Inverne was the founder and editor of Inside Sundance Institute, an award-winning magazine created for Robert Redford’s Utah-based organisation. He is also a founder and director of the not-for-profit cultural interfaith organisation (created after the 2005 London transport bombings) Inter-Act.
In 2012 Inverne announced the formation of an artist management and PR company, "Inverne Price Music Consultancy". Initial clients included the pianist Lang Lang, violist David Aaron Carpenter, conductor John Axelrod, soprano Teodora Gheorghiu, and violinists Alexandre Da Costa and Mark O'Connor among others. In 2016 the company rebranded as James Inverne Music Consultancy. Clients included the Aspen Music Festival and School, pianist Mark Bebbington, soprano Sarah Fox, violinist Pavel Sporcl, Carnegie Hall and others. He co-founded and curates the International Concerts Series at Central Synagogue in London. He also took on a role for Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, as editorial director for Sir Cameron Mackintosh on the programs for Mackintosh's seven West End theatres. In 2015/16 he edited the official 125th anniversary magazine for Carnegie Hall. His Jewish Chronicle column continues.
Inverne appears as a character in the 2012 Victoria Wood-scripted drama Loving Miss Hatto, a film about the Joyce Hatto scandal, screened on BBC One television over the Christmas 2012 period. In 2015 Inverne announced that, alongside his other activities, he was developing his new play for production. The play, entitled A Walk With Mr. Heifetz was selected for a work-in-progress semi-staged reading at the 2017 Jewish Book Week festival, where it was performed in March 2017 to a sold-out audience at King's Place in London, featuring actors Henry Goodman, Ed Stoppard and Yuval Boim, directed by Benjamin Kamine.
It has been announced that "A Walk With Mr Heifetz" will be produced off-Broadway, in January 2018, by the award-winning New York theatre company Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Performances were announced from January 29 2018 to March 4 2018.
- James Inverne. Jack Tinker, A Life In Review. Absolute Classics, 1997.
- James Inverne. The Impresarios. Oberon Books, 2000.
- James Inverne. Wrestling With Elephants – the authorised biography of Don Black. Sanctuary Publishing, 2003.
- James Inverne. Inverne’s Stage and Screen Trivia. Sanctuary Publishing, 2004.
- James Inverne. The Faber Pocket Guide To Musicals. Faber & Faber, 2009.
- Simon Round. Interview: James Inverne. The Jewish Chronicle Online. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2011