John has conducted over forty acclaimed opera productions including an array of Italian operas at Opera Holland Park and has been Principal Conductor of West Sussex’s professional orchestra – Worthing Symphony Orchestra – for over a decade. John’s career reflects his belief in working with musicians over a sustained period of time, a process exemplified by his work with Ealing Symphony Orchestra whose daring concerts typify John’s provocative and stimulating programming which have successfully introduced many rarities from around the world in programmes balanced with popular classics that are attractive to the ordinary concert goer. Together they have given the world premieres of Charles Ives Orchestral Set no. 3, the Violin Concerto by Robert Still, Malcolm Arnold’s opera The Dancing Master and the first concert performance of William Alwyn’s Violin Concerto with Lorraine McAslan as soloist.
John has conducted most of the major UK orchestras, mostly recently the RPO in a special 800th anniversary concert in St Albans Abbey to celebrate the drafting of Magna Carta.
International work includes opera productions in the USA, Singapore, South Africa and Italy and concerts across Europe including the Romanian premiere of Walton’s First Symphony with the Georges Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra.