Sir James continues commissioning new works for the flute, publishing articles, flute studies and books. To celebrate his legacy and commitment to flute players all over the world, he has recently collaborated with Gemeinhardt Flutes introducing the Galway Crusader Headjoint. Nagahara Flutes of Boston have created a special ‘James Galway Nagahara Flute Series’; and as part of their 125th Anniversary, Wm. S. Haynes Co have also produced a James Galway Q Series edition.
A discography of over 70 CD’s with Sony BMG Classics and Deutsche Grammophon ranging from the great classics such as Mozart & Bach, his legendary performance on the sound track of ‘Lord of the Rings’ (Return of the King) and his recording of “O’Reilly Street” with the Cuban timba group, Tiempo Libre, reflects his mastery of musical diversity.
In celebration of Sir James’ legacy to music, Sony Classics honoured the ‘Master of the Flute’ with the release of a special box set containing 71 CD’s - all his recordings for Sony/RCA (available at Amazon.com).
Sir James has played for such dignitaries as Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II, President William J. Clinton, President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Prince Charles, HRH The Princess Royal, The Empress of Japan, The Queen of Norway, Queen Sofia of Spain, Princess Diana, TRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, President Shimon Peres and most recently, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and has shared the stage with an amazing array of entertainers including Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, John Denver, Elton John, The Chieftains, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Jessye Norman, Cleo Laine and Andrea Bocelli. He performed with Pink Floyd in their memorable concert at the Berlin Wall, was part of the Nobel Peace concert in Norway and performed at the G Seven summit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.
He also devotes much of his free time supporting charitable organizations such as SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel’s Châteauxville Foundation, Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project and UNICEF, with which he holds the title of special representative. He is also Ambassador to the European Brain Council.
Among the many honors and awards for his musical achievements are; the Gramophone 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award; the Grammy President’s Merit Award; Classic Brits Lifetime Achievement Award; The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame; The National Concert Hall Dublin Lifetime Achievement Award; Honorary Doctorate at Birmingham Conservatoire; Honorary Prince Consort Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and most recently the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts. He is also recipient of numerous gold and platinum CD’s. In December 2009, Sir James was awarded the honour of being made the first Artist Laureate of the Ulster Orchestra. He has been honoured twice by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with The OBE in 1979 and again in 2001 with a Knighthood for his services to music.
Sir James lives with his wife and family in Switzerland and currently plays on the 20 carat ‘Galway’ Nagahara Flute – especially commissioned for him.