About John

I was born in England in 1957, and grew up about fifty miles east of London, near the Thames River estuary. Starting piano studies at age 6, I progressed to pipe organ at age 11. My first composition for public performance was the score to an original book for a youth theatre production when I was 16.

Although I did not choose to make music my major field of study or my career, I was active in music and theater while studying for my bachelor of arts degree at Oxford University and later at Harvard, where I earned an MBA.

When I moved to America permanently in 1988, I became a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, where I now serve as Organist and Composer-in-Residence. I reside in Norfolk with my wife, Karen. We have two grown children, Katie and Jack.

At first, I concentrated on writing for church use: anthems for choir and organ voluntaries. More recently, I have been writing for professional performers, small ensembles and  full orchestra. My music has been performed all over the world.