Educated Corpus Christi College, Cambridge MA (Cantab) Music & History


Oscar Nomination: Best Score A Touch of Class

Emmy Nomination: Best Score for a Mini-series The Path to 9/11

New York Drama Desk Award Winner: Best Orchestration Les Miserables

National Broadway Theatre Award Winner: Best Score Les Miserables

Olivier Awards Nomination: Best New Musical Zorro (co-composer)



Composer/co-Lyricist/co-Book/Arranger In Another Century
Composer/co-Lyricist/Arranger Hard Times (Charles Dickens),
Co-Composer/co-Lyricist /arranger Ruth the Musical

CONCERT work Cante Jondo

RECENT FILM/TV The Path to 9-11 (2006) (ABC TV Mini-series)(Emmy Nominated), After… (2006), Little House on the Prairie (2005) (Touchstone TV miniseries), To End All Wars (2001) (Robert Carlyle, Keifer Sutherland) Soundtracks include John’s setting of Lux Aeterna (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Song Explosive Corrosive Joseph (Ocean’s 12), Half Forgotten Daydreams (Nacho Libre), Killer B’s (The Simpsons)

OTHER FILM SCORES INCLUDE A Touch Of Class (Academy Nominated), Kes, Black Beauty, The Ruling Class, Hawks, Thief of Baghdad, The Mirror Crack’d, Lost and Found, Who, Nasty Habits, Nightwatch, Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers), Charlie-One-Eye, Moments, Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, I Will I Will For Now, Scalawag, Out Of Season, Every Home Should Have One, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, Mountain Man, Jimmy The Kid, Jigsaw Man, Mr Corbett’s Ghost, Driftwood, Sunburn, Whiffs, The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie, The Man From Nowhere, Come Una Rosa al Naso

OTHER TV FILMS David Wickes’ Jack The Ripper, Jekyll & Hyde, Frankenstein – The Real Story.
The Secret Garden, Witness For The Prosecution, Three Men In A Boat (and Montmorency),
She Fell Among Thieves, What The Dickens, Daisy Ashfords’ ‘The Young Visiters’, Spectre, The Omega Connection, TV SERIES: Marlowe – Private Eye, Perfect Scoundrels, The Protectors, Alaska Kid, The Optimist

MUSIC THEATRE Zorro the Musical 2008 (co-composed with The Gypsy Kings), Nils’ Wonderful Adventure (Composer, Arranger and English lyrics) Wuhan and National Tour China 2013-2014, Alfie The Musical (Composer 2005), Liberty Ranch (Composer 1972)

OTHER THEATRE Hamlet (dir. John Caird, with Simon Russell Beale) National Theatre, Faust I & II (Michael Bogdanov) Stratford, Beaux’ Stratagem National Theatre, Man Is Man Royal Court, Der Sturm Hamburg, Twelfth Night Stockholm, Becket (dir. John Caird, with Dougray Scott) Haymarket

SONGWRITING HITS (music & lyrics) If I thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind
(Agnetha Faltskog (2004) & Cilla Black), Sweet Inspiration (Johnny Johnson and The Bandwagon), Tap Turns On The Water, Brother and Band Played the Boogie (CCS), Na-Na-Na-Na (Cozy Powell)

SAMPLED VINTAGE TRACKS John’s sampled tracks include Liquid Sunshine (Logic Like Woah), and Half Forgotten Daydreams (Texas Good Advice, Common Unfamiliar and Cee-Lo Green Is It?)

CONCERT Missa Celtica Cantata composed for the English Chamber Orchestra, and the New College Choir (released on Erato records)with text from 6th-18th Century sources. Tara’s Brooch String Quartet


FILM/TV MUSIC DIRECTOR/ARRANGER/CONDUCTOR Silver Dream Racer, All The Right Noises, Poor Cow, Made, The Stud, Morons From Outer Space, Executive Music Director for The Royal Variety Performance 1991

MUSIC THEATRE Les Miserables, Orchestral Score for 1980 Concept Album and Paris Production (dir. Robert Hossein), RSC Barbican and Palace Theatre productions 1985-6, 1987 Broadway opening, Touring and Bus and Truck Productions, Concert Performances and Symphonic recordings, Queen’s Theatre revision, and still the basis for all current shows (New York Drama Desk Award: Best Orchestrations 1987, 2002 National Broadway Theatre Award: Best Score).  Arrangements/Orchestrations: 1991 Production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (revived 2007 & 2019), Spend, Spend, Spend (Evening Standard: Best Musical 1999), Honk! (Olivier Award Best: Musical 2000), Dana Broccoli’s La Cava, David Essex’s Mutiny, Romeo & Juliet, Stiles & Drewe’s Peter Pan, The Far Pavilions

RECORDING MD/Arranger: Donovan, Hot Chocolate, Heatwave, Bobbie Gentry, Ella Fitzgerald, JulieFelix, Francoise Hardy, own band CCS with blues legend Alexis Korner.  Arranger/ Conductor: Passion, Pure Passion and Around the World CD’s with Jose Carreras. Agnus Dei 1 & 2 (Choral arrangements for the Choir of New College Oxford 1997 & 1998)