James Weeks is a composer and conductor specialising in new music. His music is performed and broadcast worldwide; recent works have been completed for Plus-Minus, Quatuor Bozzini, London Sinfonietta, New London Chamber Choir, Phoenix Piano Trio, EXAUDI, Alison Balsom, Apartment House and Anton Lukoszevieze.
His work is typically focused on music for soloists or small ensembles, exploring pared-down, 'primary' musical syntaxes and systems, with particular interests in modality, microtonality, modularity and indeterminacy. Major works include Schilderkonst (mixed ensemble, 2003-4), TIDE (ensemble and electronics, 2007-10), the South London Harmonies series (various ensembles, 2008-11), Mala punica/Walled Garden (eight voices and ensemble, 2008-9/2015), The Freedom of the Earth (chorus and instruments, 2011), Three Trios (piano trio and tapes, 2010-11) and Radical Road (voices with stones, 2014). A disc of TIDE performed by Apartment House was released on Métier in 2013, and mural, for two vocal quartets (2012-13), was released on Confront Recordings in Autumn 2015. His work can also be heard on the HCR and Wandelweiser labels.
In 2002 he founded EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble with soprano Juliet Fraser. As well as maintaining a busy international touring and recording schedule with EXAUDI, he is in great demand as a guest conductor, working regularly with instrumental ensembles and orchestras such as Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBCSSO, London Sinfonietta, musikFabrik, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, L’Instant Donné, Ensemble 7Bridges and Endymion. He was Musical Director of the New London Chamber Choir and Orlando Chamber Choir (London) from 2007-2011.
He is Associate Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.