James Rae was born on Tyneside in 1957. He studied clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a composer, James Rae is one of Europe’s most published writers of educational wind music. He has at present over 120 publications to his credit published mainly by Universal Edition. His music includes instrumental study books, tutors, transcriptions and volumes of duets many of which are to be found on wind examination syllabuses worldwide. He has also written five musicals for schools in partnership with Mike Cornick.