He takes a leading role in the planning and organising of concerts for CSFC in the many activities they perform each year, including “fun” singing workshops such as “Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma” for the local community. Although there will not be a foreign choir tour this year, he is hoping that the future may bring a European concert or two to relive the pleasure of performing great choral works in beautiful venues. His favourites have included Prague, Lake Garda and most memorably, Reims, Sacre Coeur , Paris, Vezelay, Bourges and Toulouse, in France.
For over 40 years he has brought pleasure through music to many thousands of people.–as a performer, conductor and teacher. With the philosophy that music can be a medium through which communities at large can benefit, John has helped to raise many tens of thousands of pounds for worthy causes, and promote British music abroad, including many performances of the Armed Man, and Handel’s Messiah.
Recent comments on his performances have included “inspirational” “awesome” “great fun” ” most moving” —all of which he enjoys enormously!
Besides music, John’s great love is sport. As a youngster he played representative rugby for the Three Counties in the West of England , and later on was a member of Twickenham Rugby Football Club. But the world of football has also given him great pleasure–he has been an avid supporter of Manchester City since his Dad took him to watch Stanley Matthews against them in 1957. Performing at Eastleigh Football Club will in October will bring him great pleasure, particularly after their excellent FA Cup run!
Nowadays, when not engaged in music making he can be found on the golf course or in France!