James Douglas (composer)
Douglas was born in Dumbarton. He was brought up in Edinburgh and moved to live in North West Scotland in 2006. Douglas has composed a wide variety of pieces of music: instrumental, choral, organ, flute and more. He has been profoundly deaf for most of his life, but continues to compose and record.
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 Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh 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.
1. "Visions of Glory" (Cassette and Compact Disc) by James Douglas and David Adam, 12 Prayers in the Celtic Tradition, (Cassette: Catalogue Number: ABZ 103C, CD: Catalogue Number: ABZ 121CD, Caritas Records)
2. "Cry of the Deer" (Cassette and Compact Disc), featuring meditations led by David Adam, (Cassette: Catalogue Number: CCBZ 230C, CD: Catalogue Number: CCBZ 271CD, Caritas Records)
3. "A Vision" by James Douglas (Compact Disc) (Catalogue Number: ABZ 110 CD, Caritas Records).
4. "Cloud of Unknowing" by James Douglas(Compact Disc) (Catalogue Number: ABZ 130 CD, Caritas Records
5. "Caritas Live Series," No. 1-7 by James Douglas(7 separate Compact Discs: 'Vigil of the Ascension,' 'Into the Forest,' 'Music for the Fallen,' 'Doors of Perception,' 'Cranes Dancing,' 'Threnody for Lost Time' and 'The Feast of his Joy.') (Catalogue Numbers: ABZ 141CD-ABZ 147CD, Caritas Records).
6. "Summertime Song," Caritas Live No. 8 by James Douglas(Compact Disc) (Catalogue Number: ABZ 148CD, Caritas Records).
7. "The City Never Sleeps," Caritas Live No. 9 by James Douglas(Compact Disc)(Catalogue Number: ABZ 150CD, Caritas Records).
8. "Nocturnal," Caritas Live No. 10 by James Douglas(Compact Disc), (Catalogue Number: ABZ 149CD, Caritas Records
9. “Peace of the Highlands” Caritas Live No. 11 by James Douglas (Compact Disc) (Catalogue Number: ABZ151CD, Caritas Records). A growing list of recordings in the 'Caritas' and 'Caritas Live' labels can be bought online from the Caritas Music Store, with selected clips to listen to as well as full track listings about each recording.
10. "Land of the Lochans" Caritas Live No. 12 by James Douglas (Compact Disc) (Catalogue Number: ABZ152CD, Caritas Records). This CD was released in November 2011 and is a digitally recorded Album of Flute and Piano, performed by James Douglas and Flautist George Gwilt.
Include: 'A Musical Journey (a DVD with Helen Douglas, released in 2011) and other multimedia projects (2012-)
- Visions of Glory (S.A.T.B.)
- Ave Verum Corpus (S.A.T.B.)
- The High Mountains for Organ
- Threnody for Lost Time for Piano, Cello, Flute & Trumpet
- Three Ikons for Piano
- A Prayer of St. Francis (S.A.T.B.)
- Hebridean Dream Music for Solo Flute
- Symphony for Organ (Cloud of Unknowing)
- Alleluia pro Nativitas for Organ
- Lauda Sion for Organ
- Concerto for Organ
- Peace of the Highlands for Soprano and Piano (Song)
-  'Exhibition celebrates Composer James Douglas @ 80
-  'Tunes and Views of Glory' Press and Journal Newspaper 5 March 2008
- 'Article in North Star News'
- 'Music inspired by the melody of the land, Inverness Courier