James Hayward was born 1956 in Preston, Lancashire. A passion for classical music grew in his late teens and he took extra-mural lessons in the Music Department while reading Psychology at Reading University. Finding his capability as a composer in his early twenties he studied composition privately in the 1980s and developed skills in computerised sequencing and scoring of music.
Returning North in 1998 he joined the Lakeland Composers association in 2005, where he presented several works for small ensembles including sonatas for Violin, Cello, Viola and Piano Trios. Recent compositions include two symphonies and several song cycles..