John has always been a committed promoter of British music raging against the prevailing indifference to home grown composers! Recent performances include George Lloyd's Ninth Symphony (ESO and NSO) and Sixth Symphony (ESO and WSO), and the world premiere of Robert Still's Violin Concerto with Efi Christodoulou as soloist. Other rarities include Holbrooke’s “The Birds of Rhiannon” (WSO), Arnold Bax’s Fourth Symphony (ESO) and the world premiere concert performance of William Alwyn's Violin Concerto with Lorraine McAslan in June 2012. The 2016 Worthing performance of Edmund Rubbra's Fourth Symphony is the only known professional performance of a Rubbra symphony in the last decade, whilst Ealing Symphony Orchestra's complete concert cycle of the Malcolm Arnold Symphonies was the first such cycle. ESO have also recently performed Sinfonia Antarctica by Vaughan Williams and the extensive new suite of music from the film "The Overlanders" by John Ireland. On May 13th 2017 they present a rare chance to hear John Gardner's Second Symphony as well as Elgar's In the South. In April Northampton Symphony Orchestra perform William Alwyn's Fifth Symphony and then Parry's Symphonic Variations in June.
In October 2016 John gave a much acclaimed performance of William Alwyn's Third Symphony at Snape Maltings with the BBC Concert Orchestra, a concert subsequently broadcast on Radio 3. In October 2013 he returns to Snape with the RPO Concert Orchestra to perform William Alwyn's Fifth Symphony and then conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Malcolm Arnold's Fifth Symphony at the Derngate, Northampton.
John is vice-chairman of the British Music Society, editor of the BMS Journal and a Trustee of the William Alwyn Foundation.
"The most convincing interpretation of Arnold 4 I have ever heard"