James Welland is an award-winning music composer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist based in London. Originally completing his Master's in Composition at the University of Cambridge and being appointed a Composer-in-Residence for a year after, James now writes with a pared-down musical vocabulary reflecting honesty and spontaneity of emotion.
James has written music for London Symphony Orchestra players, the choir of St John's College, Cambridge, Colchester Symphony Orchestra, Society of Recorder Players, contemporary dance and art outfits and many other commssioners, with performances in venues from the Barbican and the National Portrait Gallery to the Olympic Park. Interested in all types of music, he has collaboration with artists such as Seal, Aaron Horn, Wiley and Sneakbo and appeared on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, contributing writing and playing to the Mercury Prize-nominated album Everything is Recorded alongside Richard Russell, Sampha, Peter Gabriel and others.
Screen credits include cult hit The Weekend Movie, Ralph Fiennes' The White Crow, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and 47 Ronin. He co-composed the official anthem for the International Mars Society. James' music has been heard on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM and in concert venues and cinemas worldwide.