James V. Conn is a composer, teacher, arranger and performer on alto saxophone and pianoforte. He was born in Glasgow in 1965 and studied music at Napier College Department of Music (1983-86) and then at The London College of Music (1986-90). After teaching privately from 1990 – 1995, he was diagnosed with a major illness in 1997. After several years of illness, miraculously, there was a dramatic improvement in his health in 2003 as a result of Christian ministry and prayer. (James had become a Christian in 1988). In January of 2003, James began to compose music inspired by his Christian faith and that year composed ‘The Joy of the Lord Op.1’, for piano solo. In this piece and subsequent compositions, James brings together his love of Classical music and his Christian faith to create music that reflects the message of the Bible in a contemporary fashion. The music is tonal and with a strong emphasis on melody. His first piano pieces, ‘The Joy of the Lord’, ‘Visions of Heaven’, ‘The Children’s Song’, (A song without words), ‘The Fruit of Love’, and ‘The Light of the World’, can be played by pianists of about Grade 5 standard. The sheet music for all these pieces, like all James’ compositions, is available to purchase from the Scottish Music Centre.

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