My interest in composition began shortly after winning a scholarship to Charterhouse School and starting piano lessons. Having loved the Baroque composers ever since I started attending concerts in the Dorking Halls with my mother (to whom I owe my love of classical music), my first attempts at composition were pastiches in this style.
After reluctantly facing the fact that I was living in the 20th century rather than the 17th or early 18th, I started to develop a more contemporary style. Following in the footsteps of Vaughan Williams, Hindemith and, more recently, Arvo Pärt, I made a detailed study of music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ending up writing pieces which belong stylistically to the present day but which nonetheless draw inspiration from the past – sometimes the very distant past.
Sonata for flute and piano second movement Pastorale played by the Duruflé Trio
So at this stage, a detailed list of my compositions would not be appropriate as some sheets of manuscript paper in those two thick folders may end up on a bonfire! I have written quite a range of pieces, including choral works, some chamber music, a couple of songs and a few pieces for organ (which is my main instrument). I have also composed a couple of pieces for orchestra
John was born in Redhill, Surrey in 1958. He lives in a village near Heathfield, East Sussex. He and his wife are members of Mayfield Baptist Chapel, where he sometimes plays the organ. His other interests include railways, history, gardening and keeping guinea pigs.