John's diverse career has spanned 29 years and seen him turn his hand to a wide array of musicals activities. John gained a BA(Hons) in 1988 from Colchester Institute, majoring harmony/arranging, (1st study violin, 2nd study singing). During his time at college John also studied conducting (following in the footsteps of his choral conductor father).
Just two days after finishing college, he started working at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Librarian/Personnel & Events Manager for their Pops/Concert orchestra and as Assistant Personnel Manager/Librarian to the main orchestra.
It was during these six years at the RPO that he established professional relationships that would have lasting and significant longevity, most notably with Jose Carreras for whom John became concert orchestral librarian (worldwide), a role John has fulfilled since 1989. During the RPO years, he worked closely with Henry Mancini, Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, Itzahk Perlman, Paul Tortelier, Willard White, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ron Goodwin, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, Dave Willetts, Maurice Jarre, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Carl Davis, George Fenton, Mike Batt and Sir Yehudi Menhuin among many others.
John left the RPO to become Events Manager for classical concert impresario Raymond Gubbay. He remained there for 18 months before spring boarding into a freelance career as a singer, arranger and music-copyist which is what he has been doing in the years since.
John's solo singing/acting activities have taken him from film session to touring show, from Hong Kong City Hall to the Gulf Hotel Bahrain, from Birmingham Symphony Hall to the Royal Albert Hall and West End principal credits in Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera and Whistle Down the Wind. His own show Movies and Musicals (http://www.moviesandmusicals.com
) has performed at venues throughout the UK since 2009 and with orchestras in Hong Kong, Guiyang (China) and Jakobstad (Finland).
In tandem with his singing career John's music preparation, librarian and arranging activities have brought him into contact with a huge array of clients, projects and musical styles, beginning with transposing theatre songs for students and pro’s; music copying for the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras; transcribing all the music material for the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven and Lloyd Webber's Bollywood West End hit Bombay Dreams; preparing all the orchestra music for George Fenton's Blue Planet Live! world tour and arranging all music for Hayley Westenra's UK and world tours, including two albums and a PBS TV special in new Zealand.
John was copyist and editor for conductor/composer Lorin Maazel for five years, including The Empty Pot with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, for Andrea Bocelli’s Sentimento album and spent three years on his full scale opera 1984, which had its debut at the Royal Opera House in 2005.
John's arrangements and orchestrations have been performed all over the world, most notably by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Vantaa Pops, Helsinki Opera, All Souls Orchestra and British Philharmonic Orchestras. John's orchestration of Elmer Bernstein's The Great Escape for Silva Screen Records continues to be in their top 10 online track purchases.
John has written/orchestrated numerous albums and album tracks, including for Alfie Boe, Marti Pellow, Jonathan Antoine, Richard & Adam, two top ten albums of Japanese Pop Songs for Hayley Westenra. John also orchestrated and conducted the City of Prague Philharmonic in a recording of the New Zealand National Anthem for Hayley Westenra for the Five Nations Rugby tour in 2007. He also co-wrote/orchestrated the first two albums for All Angels, the debut album reaching platinum sales. John also wrote string charts in 2008 for US singer Heather Nova on her album The Jasmin Flower. John has orchestrated for Jeremy Healy on international fashion shows including Christian Dior Shanghai 2010 and the spectacular televised Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2008 in Miami.
As orchestral librarian, in addition to his long term role with Jose Carreras, John has also been librarian for Katherine Jenkins since 2010 and has looked after the library needs of many artists over the years, including Jonathan Antoine, Alfie Boe, Kiri Te Kanawa, Montserrat Caballe, Hayley Westenra, Amore, All Angels and many others.
Music preparation services now form a large part of John’s staple portfolio, having prepared the scores of music cues for several commercial and film sessions (The Good American, Bear Grylls Endeavour, That Good Night), numerous live events (incl. Evening Standard Awards 2016, Strange Romance 2015), and several theatre projects, workshops and productions (inlc. Bumblescratch, Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Jekyll & Hyde, Atomic Bomb Girl, Travels With My Aunt).