Awards + Projects

Composer in Residence for award-winning UK social enterprise Make The Paint Dance
Selected for Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme 2018-2019 [in conjunction with Sound and Music, PRS Foundation and BBC Radio 3]
Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe Studio Award 2017
Elsa-Neumann Stipendium 2018 for Voices of Berlin

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Chamber/Small Ensemble/Solo

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

An August Midnight

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

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

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

[Please consider purchasing the album on Bandcamp in order to support artists during the COVID-19 pandemic]

“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]

Profile in The Boston Musical Intellingencer

Full Score

Piece for Solo Bb Clarinet

solo Bb clarinet

Commissioned by for Vanguard Manchester – Premiere online, summer 2020

Full Score

Le Poulailler 

Miniature for Toy Piano

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

Full Score

Piece for Violin

solo violin

Commissioned by The Arc Project for Digital Edition – Premiere online, 2020

3 movements for 3 guitars

3 guitars

Commissioned by The Arc Project for Digital Edition – Premiere online, 2020


Trio for…

Instrumentation kept secret until after the performance

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]

Full score

5 Hungarian Folksongs for String Trio

violin, viola, cello

Preview score

4 Bagatelles for String Trio + Double Bass

violin, viola, cello, double bass

Preview score

5 Bagatelles for Solo Piano

solo piano

Full score


solo piano

Full Score

Le Az Utcán Le, Le Le + Hold, Hold, Fényes Lánc

chamber ensemble + voice

Review in Der Tagesspiegel (German)


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

Full score



SATB divisi + narrator

Full score

Voices of Berlin

improvising SSAA choir and small ensemble – Premiere 16.08.2020, JazzKeller69, Berlin

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

Community Projects

Concertino For Concert Band

concert band

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

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

Full score


mixed electronic media, violin, viola, double bass, voices

Collaborative community composition commissioned by Make The Paint Dance – ongoing – premiere online, May 2020

submit your birdsongs to be part of the piece, more info below:

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, meaning 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 ->