June 2024: Living Music has developed the concept and business model for Nevill Holt Festival 2024 with James Dacre acting as Guest Festival Director, curating the festival’s inaugural programme to include opera, concerts. exhibitions, theatre and comedy including Melly Still’s The Magic Flute featuring Britten Sinfonia, a centenary retrospective of Anthony Caro’s sculpture, a celebration of British Pop artist Pauline Boty, new work from Jalen Ngonda, Alexis Ffrench, Jordan Mackampa, Benjamin Kwasi-Burrell, Isabella Gellis and Cécile McLorin Salvant and concerts by Benjamin Grosvenor, Ronnie Scott’s, Sarah Connolly & Imogen Cooper, Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence & Joseph Middleton.

The programme is complemented by conversations and talks from leading artists and thinkers including Andy Goldsworthy, Elizabeth Day, Andrew Marr, Alice Roberts, Emma Dabiri, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Allen Jones, Jonathan Agnew & Phil Tuffnel, Richard Coles and David Yarrow amongst many others.

April 2024: Living Arts has co-produced Alecky Blythe’s docu-drama Family Business about family relationships, national identity and commerce, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and on BBC Sound. Created from edited recordings collected in John Lewis stores across the UK, this funny, provocative and fast-moving story offers insights into the aspirations of the British shopper, making important purchases for life’s key moments from cradle to grave. It has original music by Adam Cork and is performed by Debbie Chazen, Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Andrew Leung, Sarita Gabony, Joe Bolland, Claire Lams and Barry McCarthy.

A Living Theatre Productions co-production with 7digital and Royal & Derngate, Northampton for BBC Radio 4.

To mark the 10th anniversary of The Derek Jarman Garden at Bold Tendencies, Living Music adapted his diaries to be read live by Giles Terera and Samuel Barnett alongside original audio recordings made specially by Tilda Swinton, Jessie Buckley and Valgeir Sigurðsson and music by Max Richter, Donna McKevitt and Benjamin Britten, performed live by singer Jessica Walker, pianist Joseph Atkins and cellist Rosie Banks-Francis with sound design by David Gregory.

January 2024: Following a celebrated decade as Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate, James Dacre today announces the launch of a new production company – LIVING PRODUCTIONS – which will champion exceptional writers, composers, actors and creatives by developing and producing their work…

LIVING THEATRE develops drama and musical theatre for stage production
LIVING MUSIC creates concert and opera performances and festival experiences 
LIVING ARTS focuses on podcasts, albums, radio plays, live broadcasts and films

Living Theatre Productions is creating new work for the stage by artists including Anna Zeigler, Bola Agbaje, Anthony McCarten, Roy Williams, Ralph Fiennes, Tanika Gupta, Mike Poulton and Conrad Murray alongside re-imaginations of several classic plays. 

Living Music Productions created a concert at Bold Tendencies in September of Derek Jarman’s Modern Nature with spoken word by Tilda Swinton, Giles Terera, Jessie Buckley and Samuel Barnett and music by Valgeir Sigurðsson, Max Richter and Donna McKevitt. It is further developing this work alongside new compositions by musicians including Jack Peñate, Rianne Walther, Peter Gregson, Jessica Walker and Orlando Gough. 

Living Arts Productions is creating work for film, radio, broadcast and podcast, including Alecky Blythe's Family Business with music by Adam Cork on BBC Radio 4 (to be broadcast and launched on BBC Sounds Worldwide in March 2024) and acting as Executive and Creative Producer on Sophie Fiennes’ feature film adaptation of Ralph Fiennes’ Four Quartets which recently premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival and is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer and in select cinemas worldwide. 

For further information please contact Bread and Butter PR Ben Chamberlain -