James' mother was a famous pianist and the father was a leading cornet player. At the age of four he played the cornet in a brass band and at the age of seven he played the trumpet every evening in the theater. James was a professional footballer for five years.
Later James played in London as the first horn player with all major orchestras and numerous well-known chamber music ensembles a. a. Principal horn of the English Chamber Orchestra and horn player in the world-famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble . From 1961 Philip Jones and Elgar Howarth (trumpets), Ifor James (horn), John Iveson (trombone) and John Fletcher ( tuba ) formed a brass quintet. Other musicians were added later.
Ifor James was first professor for horn at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Royal Northern College in Manchester, then at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau . There he became one of the most successful teachers and horn soloists in the world. He died in 2004 in his home in Titisee-Neustadt after fighting cancer for several years.
James was a composer (81 works) and author of specialist books (five publications).
Numerous horn players were students of James, including Norbert Stertz (university professor), Frank Lloyd (soloist and university professor) , Matthias Berg (soloist), Tobias Schnirring (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig), Robert Teutsch (Tonhalleorchester Zürich), Lars Magnus (Symphony Orchestra Basel), Arek Saternus (Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg), Werner Kolbinger (Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg)
- The British Horn Society: News Archive 2005, Ifor James, 1931-2004 ( Memento of July 22, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) . Retrieved July 13, 2012
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||James, Richard Ifor (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British bugler|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 30, 1931|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Carlisle , England|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 23, 2004|
|Place of death||Titisee-Neustadt|