His musical theatre compositions include for All 4 ONE with Kevin Heuston (pub. Weinberger),
THE GREAT SLEIGH ROBBERY with Simon James Green, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (pub.
French - the forerunner to NOTRE DAME) with Gary Sullivan, and many new full scores
for David Wood’s stage plays including JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH andFANTASTIC MR
FOX. In addition to his work in musical theatre John has many choral compositions
and arrangements to his name.
Working with the creative team of Theatre Pourquoi Pas, John composed the music for
their Italian tours of FRANKENSTEIN and PETER PAN (a non-Pantomime version). These
shows were commissioned to promote English theatre and will have been performed to
in excess of 160,000 people by mid 2011.
He has also created music for a BT Global Marketing campaign, and book launch and
corporate videos for Continuous Insight Ltd.
He studied piano, violin and singing under scholarship at The Redbridge Music School.
As a boy treble, he sang for four seasons at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
in Mozart’s The Magic Flute alongside Kiri Te Kanawa and Thomas Allen. He also toured
Europe with The English Music Theatre Company, a sister company of The Royal Opera
House, performing in Britten’s Three Church Operas under the musical directorship
of David Bedford. ITV’s South Bank Show filmed a production at Britten’s local church
at Orford for use in a documentary about Britten’s life.
His musical activities are varied and include Director of Music for The South Woodham
Ferrers Male Voice Choir and Resident Musical Director of Brentwood Theatre (2001-2010).
He is also an active freelance musical director for musicals, concerts and summer
As a live sound and recording engineer, John has worked on many projects including;
Brentwood Council’s Alchemy Dance project, which featured the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra; The Redbridge Schools Choral Festival at The Royal Albert Hall; and the
World Premier of Benjamin Till’s Oranges and Lemons, a specially commissioned work
featured by the BBC, which was performed in the stunning setting of Bow Church in