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James Douglas, composer



James DouglasProfessor James Douglas (born 1932) is a Scottish classical composer.  He received his music education at Heriot Watt College, Paris Conservatoire, Mozarteum Salzburg, Hochschule Munich. He is Professional Member of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, London.

Douglas was born in Dumbarton. He was brought up in Edinburgh and moved to live in North West Scotland in 2006. Douglas has composed over 2000 works including music for a wide variety of instruments and a number of choral pieces. He has been profoundly deaf since contracting an ear infection in 1991, but has continued to compose.

Deputy Organist, St. Thomas' Church, Edinburgh, 1948–50; Director of Music, Nicolson Square Church, Edinburgh, 1953–63; Mayfield Church, Edinburgh, 1963–69; Reid Memorial Church, Edinburgh, 1969–73; Music Staff, Edinburgh Academy, 1967–1979; Director of Music, Christ Church, Edinburgh, 1986–91; Director of Ensemble, 'The Glorious Company', 2004-

Composer James Douglas' education, includes: Edinburgh, Paris, Munich, Salzburg and London (LRAM and ARCM). Debut: Wienersaal (Mozarteum), Salzburg, 1951. He is especially grateful for the teaching of Professor Hermann Reutter (Munich / Salzburg) and Professor Henri Lauth (Paris).

Notable performances of the music of James Douglas have taken place all over the world, including the Usher Hall, St. Mary's Cathedral and St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, all the major cathedrals in London including Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame de Paris, l'Eglise St. Roch, Paris, and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Transmissions have been broadcast on national TV, BBC Radio 3, Radio 2, Radio Scotland, The Open University and on Local, National and International radio and TV stations.

He married, possibly as his second wife,  Helen Torrance Fairweather on 16 April 1968.

The photograph of James is Copyright 2010, Katharine H. Douglas. Can anyone tell me how she is related to James?



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