Growing up, John sang in a church choir in Cambridge, and went on to become a choral scholar at Durham Cathedral whilst studying music at the university there. He then spent a number of years working as a classical singer in and around London, as well as touring further afield. As a choral singer he worked with the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, St George's Chapel Windsor, the Dmitri Ensemble among many others, as well as singing for numerous live broadcasts on BBC radio and several recording sessions in the famous Studio 2 at Abbey Road. He worked in person with a number of world-renowned composers including Arvo Pärt, Giles Swayne, James MacMillan, John Rutter and the late Sir John Tavener. As a baritone soloist, John gave performances of Bach's B Minor Mass and St John Passion, Harvey Brough/Henry Purcell's A Fairy Dream, Faure's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Requiem, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs and Fantasia on Christmas Carols, and recitals of Schubert, Ravel, and Mussorgsky's bleak song cycle Sunless.
Whilst studying, John also found his way into theatre, mainly as part of the university's sketch comedy group, and as an actor, he went on to work at theatres all over the country, including the Bush and Unicorn in London, the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Exchange in Manchester, Traverse in Edinburgh, with directors including Omar Elerian, Blanche MacIntyre, Ellen McDougall and Lyndsey Turner; he also performed in several plays and dramas on BBC Radio 4, including eleven series as regular character Will in The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
Throughout this time, he would occasionally be asked to write music for theatre productions, and since 2016, following a winding path back to the training of his degree, he has focussed entirely on this side of his work, now with a busy diary composing and sound-designing for theatre, as well as for radio, podcast and screen.
John is an Associate Artist of The Egg, a dedicated children's theatre attached to the Theatre Royal Bath.
photo: Jorge Lizalde