James Redwood is a composer and workshop leader whose practice thrives on collaboration and partnership. His work includes creative projects with young offenders and young people with special needs as well as primary and secondary school workshops exploring opera and creating original pieces of music and music theatre.
Since his first opera commission for Glyndebourne Education in 2005, he has written pieces with and for young people, professional singers and instrumentalists across the country.
In 2009 he orchestrated material for Gorillaz album Plastic Beach, performed by sinfonia ViVA. In 2012 thousands of young people sang the anthem he wrote for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and 350 instrumentalists and 3500 singers performed a new symphony commissioned by RPO. He was also music director and composer of a chamber opera for Glyndebourne Opera and Carousel, a Brighton based arts organisation working with people with learning difficulties. (photo: Sophia Schorr-Kon)
Pass The Torch, An Olympic Symphony was a year-long collaboration between 3 music services (Brent, Enfield and Haringey) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which received funding from the Mayor's Music Education Fund. Through a series of intensive creative workshops, a training session for tutors, composition sessions and rehearsals, the world orchestra project involved 250 young musicians from 6 diverse ensembles (three youth orchestras, a Saz ensemble – the traditional turkish instrument – a steel pan band and a rock band) and a massed primary school choir (71 primary schools were involved in the choir). It had its premiere performance on the 20 April 2012 at The Royal Albert Hall, London.