James is a graduate of Glasgow University where he read English Literature.  He has been a teacher ever since leaving aside academic research in English poetry; he continues to teach English at The Purcell.  He was a boarding housemaster at his previous school; before that, he was Head of English at the same school.  He has a lifelong love of music, and among his favourite composers are J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág.