Writing & Speaking
James Murray is an experienced and successful writer, lecturer and public speaker, with a huge breadth and depth of musical knowledge that he can bring to your project or event.
James Murray writes magazine articles, sleeve notes and other forms of copy on a wide range of musical subjects.
He has written over 650 sleeve notes for major labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Pearl, Regis, Alto, Forum, Magdalen and Amare Classics, ranging from Early Music to contemporary classical, opera, recitals and collections, jazz, nostalgia, MOR, spoken word and musicals.
His achievements as a writer and label manager have been widely acclaimed in national and international media and in specialist publications. Critical acclaim for James Murray's booklet notes
To commission James to write your sleeve notes, articles or other project, please contact James now for a friendly discussion of your requirements.
"James Murray's booklet notes are distinctly superior" International Record Review Aug 2002
Courses, lectures & talks
James Murray is also an experienced teacher, lecturer and public speaker who has entertained opera and concert audiences with informative pre-performance talks, given lectures and talks to music societies and devised and taught courses to Adult Education classes.
In recent years he has introduced Chabrier’s L’étoile to audiences on behalf of New Sussex Opera and given talks to numerous Recorded Music Societies on a wide variety of musical subjects
To have James speak at your event, or to arrange a bespoke course, please contact us now for a friendly discussion of your requirements.
"James has an incredible depth of knowledge which has given us a deeper insight. This was a thoroughly enjoyable course. May we have more?' Course attendee
"Thank you enormously for your incredible insight into that period in Germany... You had us spellbound and there will, quite rightly, be demands for your return!" Recorded Music Society testimonial
Future plans include a lecture series on opera and recorded music; commissioned magazine articles; talks and study days for recorded music societies and other organisations on subjects including Lortzing, Künneke, Chabrier, Music in Germany 1920 – 1945, Kern, Gershwin, Opera in Berlin and Vienna during the 20th century.