James Pywell joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as a part-time specialist in instrumental music, bringing with him diverse musical experience gained both in the UK and internationally. He studied bassoon, composition and conducting at the University of Huddersfield, holds a Master's in Composition and plays several wind instruments. Since 1990, he has combined a freelance practical career with his role as a music educator in schools, colleges and universities. His many senior positions in music education include Fellow in Music at the University of Bradford, Academic Coordinator at A R Rahman's KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, and Exchange Coordinator at BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange. He has strong connections with the music education development in Kenya, where he lived for 13 years. He co-founded the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya and was its first Musical Director. He also initiated the country's first BTEC National Diploma in Music (performance and technology).