James Francis Brown is Co-Artistic Director, with conductor Tom Hammond, of The Hertfordshire Festival of Music which takes place each June and is centred on the delightful town of Hertford. The inaugural concert was held in June 2016 when violinist Tasmin Little and pianist John Lenehan gave the world premiere of
The Hart’s Grace
which was specially written by James for the launch of the Festival.
In 2006-7 James reconstructed and orchestrated Wagner's comic opera
Männerlist grösser als Frauenlist
(Men are more Cunning than Women) from sketches discovered in 1994.
The completed work was premiered in October 2007 by the South Bank Sinfonia
and Royal Opera House Chorus conducted by Stephen Barlow.
In the autumn of 2004, James worked with Breakthru Films on the production of the
short film 'The Clap'. Aside from compiling the soundtrack, he composed additional original
material for several concert scenes - see
The Clap and
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow.