John Middleton

Although I wrote songs for guitar in my teens and twenties, my career as a composer was interrupted by going to medical school, followed by 36 years service in the NHS.

I always had music in my head, but it began increasingly to demand attention in the 10 years before retirement. During that time, I wrote an opera Ivanhoe, an oratorio (see events 2013 - St John Passion) and a Bird Symphony . The you tube clip, recorded by a fellow composer, has me walking round the garden surrounded by the music!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPp_OA9wlX4

Since then, I have had time to revise and edit the opera in readiness for its performance in July 2011,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0UtPZWc0SE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tvAxLuHVrk

and also the oratorio for its performance in March 2013 . The St John Passion CD is now available and you can hear the final movement (based on Ray Repp s I am the Resurrection ) on the clip (or follow the recording link in the appropriate section of Works ):

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49381346/SJP/03%20Fishing.mp3

The Bird Symphony was used as the theme for the Artspace exhibition, Birdsong also in 2011. I have since written two more symphonies, The Conversation, and A Blackbird in Quorn (to be played in Quorn Village Hall on 28th October 2017)

My play, Margaret and Arthur, has been used in a workshop in London in November 2011, subsequently having a rehearsed reading at Leicester s Curve Theatre. I wrote it as a preliminary to a libretto for another opera.

My second oratorio, The Word is due for its premier on March 17th 2018. It is based on John 1-10, which makes a prequel to my St John Passion, with which it shares some themes.

My other musical interests are singing (including Schaunard in La Boheme, Sharpless in Madam Butterfly for Charnwood Opera, and Masetto in Don Giovanni for Operahouse) and playing folk/blues guitar.

Any enquiries to:

john.brinks@talktalk.net

Features

CCA's Composer of the Month, FEBRUARY 2013

CCA's Composer of the Month, February 2013, John Middleton has an interesting life in music which has run parallel to his other career in the medical profession. He has been selected as the third of...

What the performers said about the music

I asked the singers who had commented on the music, after taking part in the St John Passion performance, to write their reflections down for me.

The Bird Symphony and 'Bird Song' Art exhibition

The Bird Symphony was used as a theme for an exhibition of Art by the Loughborough based 'Artspace' group. This address was given by the composer at the private view.

Programme notes for the St John Passion performance

Premier performance on 23.3.13 at Trinity Methodist Centre, Loughborough

Ivanhoe and the St John Passion

Programmes for the premier performances of the opera and the oratorio

Sound production from computer notation software

Music is written on Personal Composer for Windows. MIDI file is transferred to Acid DAW for sculpting with orchestral patches, and finished as a wave file in Sound Forge. Vocal parts are added in...