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John is an Irish composer working in opera, theatre and choral music. John trained at university college cork with Gerald Barry and the Manhattan School of Music in New York (Fulbright award).

Operas include: Babette’s Feast and Demon Juice (Royal Opera House), Early Earth Operas, Midnight’s Children (ENO). Choral work includes: A Nightingale Sang (Southbank Centre), Through the Wilderness (Liverpool Cathedral) and Small Selves and Out of Suffering (Westminster Abbey). John has also created choral arrangements for the band Elbow.

Theatre includes: The Events (actors touring company/traverse theatre/young vic), Die Töchter des Danaus (konzert theater bern), The Mother’s Ring with survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. Film includes: The Itch of the Golden Nit for Aardman.


Over the last few years: he has been composer-in-residence at FNSNM, Kings College London, his music has been chosen to represent Ireland at the international rostrum of composers in Paris, and has been performed at the Dublin festival of 20th-century music. He is a cultural fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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