James Cave is a composer and singer with a particular interest in collaborative practice. He is currently working on a new composition entitled Returns, an opera in one act which is based on the play by Joshua Casteel, an Iraq veteran turned peace campaigner and playwright.
James was recently the recipient of a Terry Holmes Award and a Sir Jack Lyons Celebration Award for Composition. In 2015 he was Composer-in-Residence at the Banff Centre (Banff, Canada) and participated in the inaugural Banff World Music Residency in Eastern Traditions. In 2016 he was the first-ever Composer-in-Residence at the Mahler-LeWitt Studios, Spoleto. He is a permanent member of York Minster Choir and a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble with whom he has performed internationally. Most recently he performed Bryars' Beckett Songbook with the Ensemble at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, as part of Sean Doran and Adrian Dunbar’s ‘Happy Days Festival’. He co-founded the vocal ensemble Sonant Ensemble with the soprano Orlanda Bryars in 2009: with this group he has performed with the Labeque Sisters at King's Place, London and at the inaugural concert of the London Contemporary Music Festival at Bold Tendencies, Peckham.
Recent compositions include Latrabjarg, commissioned by the York Spring Festival of New Music, in which Cave worked with an electric cellist and soundscape artist to weave together saga texts, bird-calls and folksong to evoke the disintegration of Iceland’s ecosystem, Ave Maria, commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of York Minster for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2016, and Hardingfele Carols commissioned by Vocalis (Norway). Forthcoming works include Eonsounds, a collaborative project exploring the links between music and geology, with geologist Dr Tim Ivanic and spatial sound-researcher Dr Jude Brereton. James is currently studying for an AHRC-funded PhD in Composition at University of York, with Prof Bill Brooks, having previously studied English at BA and MPhil level at Cambridge University. His music can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/jamescave-1