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Full scores for perusal/preview are available to download for free below – I would appreciate programme credits if you choose to use them for performance

If you’d like a copy of something that’s missing, individual parts or paper/PDF versions for performance, please contact me

Max Andrzejewski, James Banner, Declan Forde, Toby Delius – Donau115, Berlin (Photo Donau115)

Solo – Duo – Trio – Chamber Ensemble

Things my parents said about childhood

solo double bass

Commissioned for ION Shorts at Ideas of Noise Festival 2020 – Premiere 30.01.2020 at The Woodman, Birmingham

full info and programme notes


series of works for chamber ensemble and voice – 2016
ca. 40 minutes
excerpt below – please contact me to hear/see more

An August Midnight

harp/mezzo-soprano soloist or harp/mezzo-soprano duo

ca. 8 minutes

Commissioned by The Arc Project for Songs On Thomas Hardy – Premiere 18.04.2020 at York Unitarian Chapel – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Full score

The Whitewashed Wall

miniature in 3 movements for solo soprano

1 minute 40 seconds

Premiere 22.10.2020 at Roulette, Brooklyn – WATCH

Commissioned by Stephanie Lamprea for Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine Volume I

“By dividing The Whitewashed Wall into three distinct movements, James Banner gives the singer multiple opportunities to show off elements of her virtuosity. “Why does she turn…?” offers leaping contours and a climactic high note, while “Well, once…” imposes a strict, swift tempo onto the melody. “My brush goes one with a rush…”, frenetic and clearly meant to push the singer to the very upper limit of her range, comes off as a controlled detonation.” [Nicholas Stevens, ClevelandClassical, 21.5.2020]

”Despite of everything else, Quarantine has brought the best out of many creatives…Vocalist Stephanie Lamprea asked a number of composers to write her short pieces while stuck at home. The resulting album is a gem, but English composer James Banner brings a playful setting of three Thomas Hardy poems. These tunes are light, manic, virtuosic, and full of twists and turns. A delight from within this delightles time.” [John Paul Mayse, Composer, 23.4.2020]

Played on WFMU 27.4.2020

Profile in The Boston Musical Intellingencer

Full Score

The Physics of Rebirth

solo soprano

2 minutes 30 seconds

Commissioned by Stephanie Lamprea for Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine Volume IV – Premiere 11.6.2020 [online]

words by Rebecca Connors

Full Score

Piece for Solo B flat Clarinet

solo Bb clarinet

1 minute 30 seconds

Commissioned by for Vanguard Manchester – Premiere online, summer 2020

Scores for other instruments below – request one

Full Score – Clarinet in B flat

Performance Notes, Clarinet in B Flat

full score – Trumpet in b flat

Full Score – Viola

Pizz Study 1 for Solo Viola

Le Poulailler

Miniature for Toy Piano

1 minute 5 seconds

Composed for George Xiaoyuan Fu – Premiered (on Piano) by Rolf Hind

Full Score

Two Movements for Three Guitars

Three guitars

7 minutes 20 seconds

Commissioned for Dominic Matthews by The Arc Project for Digital Edition – Premiere online, 22.10.2020

Full score (concert pitch)

Full Score (transposed)


Instrumentation kept secret until after the performance

ca. 8 minutes

Commissioned by for Vanguard Manchester – Premiere 21.04.2020 at LEAF Manchester – POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Full Score coming soon

Duo for Contrabass Flute and Bass Clarinet

contrabass flute and bass clarinet [flexible/open scoring available for performances by other instruments]

ca. 7 minutes

Full score

5 Hungarian Folksongs for String Trio

violin, viola, cello

ca. 5 minutes

Preview score

4 Bagatelles for String Trio + Double Bass

violin, viola, cello, double bass

ca. 3 minutes

Preview score

5 Bagatelles for Solo Piano

solo piano

6-8 minutes

Full score


solo piano

2 minutes

Full Score


double bass, double bass/cello, viola, violin, objects/glasses + optional electronics)

6 minutes 7 seconds

Full score



SATB divisi + narrator

4 minutes

Full score

Voices of Berlin

improvising SSAA choir and small ensemble

Premiere 16.08.2020, JazzKeller69, Berlin

TBC, postponed due to COVID-19

Commissioned as part of the UdK/HfM Hanns Eisler Elsa-Neumann Scholarship

Community Projects

Concertino For Concert Band

concert band

18 minutes

composed as part of Adopt a Composer 2018-2019 – premiere 06.10.2019 at Salts Mill, Saltaire, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 09.01.2020

Full score

Journey On A Cloud

chamber ensemble + mixed children’s choir

6 minutes

Collaborative composition commissioned by Make The Paint Dance, for a project with a primary school in Cardiff

Full score


mixed electronic media + double bass

4 minutes 50 seconds

Collaborative community composition commissioned by Make The Paint Dance – premiere 31.5.2020

”It’s just a brilliant idea, I love it!” Nick Ahad – BBC Radio Leeds [31.5.2020]

As well as the above projects, I also compose and arrange for various ensembles at short notice for collaborative projects of unconventional instrumentation and functional purposes [e.g. string trios for weddings etc.]. I self-publish, so all of the scores above are available as print at home PDF score and part sets as well as high-quality printed versions which can also be delivered, just get in touch with any queries ->


  • Composer in Residence for award-winning UK social enterprise Make The Paint Dance
  • Kulturprojekte Berlin Scholarship 2020-21 to develop solo bass repertoire and develop new works at a distance with Stephanie Lamprea
  • Selected for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme 2018-2019 [in conjunction with Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and BBC Radio 3]
  • Elsa-Neumann Stipendium 2018 for Voices of Berlin
  • Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe Studio Award 2017

Declan Forde, James Banner, Fabiana Striffler – Spiegelsaal Berlin (Photo Dovile Sermokas)