One of the most versatile composers in Britain today, John is primarily known for his screen and recording work. In 2007 he received an Emmy nomination for his score for the ABC miniseries Path to 9/11 (with Harvey Keitel), and his film credits include the Oscar nominated music score for A Touch of Class (with Glenda Jackson and George Segal) and the scores for over 40 feature and TV films. Others include the British classic Kes, The Ruling Class, Black Beauty, The Mirror Crack'd, To End All Wars, the mini-series Jack the Ripper (with Michael Caine) and ABC's Little House on the Prairie.
John created the orchestral score for every version of Les Misérables from the original Robert Hossein production in 1980 through the RSC Broadway, tour and concert versions. He won the New York Drama Desk Award for Les Mis in 1986 and the National Broadway Theatre Award in 2002. John's orchestrations are featured in the current hit version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other shows he has arranged/supervised include Honk! (Olivier Award Best Musical) and Spend, Spend, Spend (Evening Standard Award Best Musical).
John has worked with artists as diverse as José Carreras, Ella Fitzgerald, Donovan, Hot Chocolate and Heatwave. 'If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind', 'Sweet Inspiration' and 'Tap Turns on the Water' are just three of his songwriting hits. John's concert output includes his Cantata, Missa Celtica (written for various Celtic soloists, the Choir of New College Oxford and the English Chamber Orchestra) and major contributions to the New College Choir's bestselling Agnus Dei albums.
Other composing for the theatre includes Becket, Faust Parts I and II (RSC), and the National Theatre's production of Hamlet, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role.
His recent projects include:
Nils Wonderful Adventure, a musical commissioned by Hubei Province Culture Ministry, opened Wuhan 2013, completed tour of 25 provincial Chinese cities 2014, produced in Beijing/Shanghai 2015. Also a dual language collaborative international version in development with Scottish Opera.
In Another Century, a music theatre piece based around the events of the 1916 Dublin uprising.
Alfie The Musical, a workshop presentation by London College of Music, November 2014.
Prisoner 466, Hinged Dance Company/Arts Council. Co-composer
Hamlet Japan (2015), directed by John Caird and music by John Cameron
Girl Running, in collaboration with Barbara Taptiklis and Jeremy Davies. John has written the Screenstory and Screenplay for the motion picture Girl Running in pre-production development with Robert Raymond (Schindler's List) and Joan Lane (The King's Speech).