Composer, writer, teacher
James Lark’s work includes extensive theatre, from new musicals Miracles at Short Notice and award-winning 2007 total Fringe sell-out show Tony Blair – the Musical (“runs the melodic gamut from near-Weillian severity to knowingly schmaltzy balladry, and is packed with rich, tight harmonies” – The Daily Telegraph), to Io Theatre Company’s acclaimed adaptation of A Christmas Carol and The Snow Spider.
He has written and directed several short films, most recently Death Sentence (premiered at the 2nd Film Noir Festival in Paris) and A Cake for Jim Broadbent (winner of best London filmmaker in Wimbledon Shorts). He wrote and directed internet dramas Degrees of Separation and The Sitcom ("if you haven't already watched it you absolutely must" - The Guardian). He co-wrote Fringe, a tongue-in-cheek guide to the Edinburgh Fringe published by Friday Books, and his debut novel, More Tea, Jesus?, was published in 2012.
Besides several film and theatre scores he has written music for the choir of Westminster Abbey, Graham Johnson with The Songmakers’ Almanac at the Wigmore Hall, Guy Bovet, James Bowman, and for the service in King’s College Cambridge celebrating the university’s 800th anniversary. His work has been performed by English Voices, Vivamus and the choirs of St Paul’s Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge, with recordings by the choirs of Girton and Selwyn and the chapel choir of Bedford school. His is Director of Music at Westminster Abbey Choir School.