Composer, conductor, musicologist, instrument designer and percussionist, James Wood’s multi-faceted career has led him into an extraordinarily broad spectrum of musical activities.
He was conductor of Schola Cantorum of Oxford before founding the New London Chamber Choir, with whom he pioneered the work of many contemporary composers, including Xenakis, Scelsi, Kagel, Harvey, Viñao and Wood himself. From 1982–1994 he was Professor of Percussion at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. In the 1990s he also founded the Centre for Microtonal Music and its ensemble Critical Band, and was proactive in the dissemination of microtonality on many levels. In 2007 he left England for Germany, where he continues his freelance career as conductor and composer.