John’s works can be divided into a number of categories.
Religious music: John has composed much for Clifton Cathedral including a powerful setting “Woefully arrayed” for choir, brass and organ which has been performed in both Clifton Cathedral and St Albans Abbey. Other choral works include the “Missa in honorem Ioannis Paulus P.P.I”, the introit “O God, who desirest truth in the inmost heart” and many psalm settings in the Responsorial style.
Songs: these include “The Rose”, a setting of Emily Dickinson “If you were coming in the Fall” - premiered in Canada in 2010 - and a setting of T.S. Eliot’s Eyes that Last I saw in Tears.
Other pieces include a score for the silent film “The Open Road” premiered at the BFI theatre on the South Bank, “Fixers Galop” written for the final concert of long-standing WSO 'fixer' Peter Craen, and "Pilsner Tanz" - a humorous reworking of parts of Bruckner's Ninth Symphony for the traditional New Year concert in Worthing.
His organ work, Prelude & Fugue, was broadcast live on Radio 3 in 1990 from Clifton Cathedral. "It was a delight to hear your piece with its variety, colours, textures, rhythms, counterpoint, harmony, concision and, above all, written with a true love of, and understanding, for the organ." Letter from the organist David Liddle to the composer.
John's Meditation on Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was premiered in St Albans Abbey on 3rd August 2013 with the RPO, St Albans Chamber Choir and the soprano Anna Gorbachyova as part of the 800th anniversary of the drafting of Magna Carta in St Albans.
"Woefully arrayed ...a very well written piece for choir which communicates"