James Ham is currently the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Next season, he will commence a one year position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as recipient of their inaugural Conducting Internship. He was a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellow and Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet for 2013.
Besides numerous performances with Birmingham Royal Ballet and at Trinity Laban, recent performances and masterclasses have seen James conduct the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Jena Philharmonic, Georges Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest, Orquestra do Algarve, Berliner Camerata, New London Orchestra, Apollo Sinfonia and at the City of London and St Magnus International Festivals. In 2012, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra as one of three conductors to participate in a public masterclass. Recent opera work has included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Il Tabarro, L’Assedio di Calais, Belshazzar, Le Nozze di Figaro and the world premiere of The Anatomy of Melancholy, as well as various opera scenes at Trinity Laban.
As an assistant conductor, James has worked with English Touring Opera, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Musikkollegium Winterthur amongst others, working with Karel Mark Chichon, Garry Walker, Douglas Boyd, Diego Masson, Nicholas Kraemer and Kristjan Järvi. He has additionally participated in international masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Martyn Brabbins, Gerd Albrecht, Nicolas Pasquet and Ben Zander.
James studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory, returning to the UK in 2012.