On Listen Now, John played Tuba on the song Law and Order. This credit isn't even mentioned in his biography, which shows he is an immensly talented and versatile classical musician.
He was born in Berlin, 5 April 1936
John studied Piano with Helene Gipps, Kenneth van Barthold, Rosamund Ley and, at the Royal College of Music Arthur Alexander and Eric Harrison.
Composition with Elisabeth Lutyens, Humphrey Searle and, at the Royal College of Music, Bernard Stevens.
Trombone and tuba with Dennis Wick and John Fletcher (of the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble.)
Organ with Osborne Peasgoode at the Royal College of Music
He has taught at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Leicester Polytechnic (now de Montfort University.
John is presently Head of Music at the Drama Centre, London.
VISITING LECTURER: Redlands University (California), The Mozarteum (Innsbruck), Internationale Schulmusikwochen (Salzburg), Portsmouth Polytechnic, Newport Art College, Middlesex University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Western Australia, Rhodes University, South Africa, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Has broadcast a series of programmes for schools for the BBC on 20th century music and is an occasional reviewer of recordings of contemporary music.
Activities in theatre music have included composing the scores for the recent Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor and Les Enfants du Paradis , many productions for the Royal National Theatre and various regional theaters, musical direction of Western Theatre Ballet and numerous musicals in London's West End.
PIANO RECITALIST: Concerts in the British Isles, USA, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Spain (repertoire mainly of own music and that of the late Romantics including Busoni, Medtner, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov, also Erik Satie.)
Bass trombonist with the Royal Ballet Touring Orchestra and tuba player with the Gabrieli Brass Ensemble.
LIST OF COMPOSITIONS: 3 Operas, 25 Symphonies, 138 Piano Sonatas, countless works for vocal and chamber ensemble and the longest work ever written for 'cello and tuba.
Some of the piano sonatas are published by Alphonse Leduc, Paris, and Forward Music publishers, London. Brass music is published by Warwick Music.
Recordings of piano sonatas: Lyrita Recorded Edition, Music in Our Time Records, NMC Records.
Recordings of electronic pieces: Musica Nova, Unknown Public (issues 1 &4) and London-HALL records.
Recording of FASHION MUSIC for London-HALL records nominated 1993 CD of the year in BBC Music Magazine.
Featured Composer in the PARK LANE GROUP's 1995 South Bank Concert Series.