James Layton is a composer, musician and artist based in London. His current music explores non-climactic forms which slowly unfold and focuses on the juxtaposition of progression and stasis. He also has an interest in working with cassette tapes and guitar fx pedals, as well as collecting stringed instruments.


James has worked on projects with Stephen Upshaw, Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group and his latest orchestral piece ‘Focal’ was premiered by the Trinity Laban Shapeshifter ensemble conducted by Kwamé Ryan. As a musician he has performed at venues such as St Johns Smith Square, Kings Place, Blackheath Halls, the Albany and the Cockpit Theatre


James is currently studying composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Sam Hayden, having previously studied with Paul Newland, Stephen Montague and Gwyn Pritchard. He also studies viola with Richard Crabtree.




© 2017 James Layton.

Photography: Jonathan Edward Layton