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 (CDs available - see works), an oratorio (see forthcoming events 2013) and a symphony.
Since then, I have had time to revise and edit the opera in readiness for its performance in July 2011, and also the oratorio for its performance in March 2013 . The MIDI audio file of the symphony was used as the theme for the Artspace exhibition, Birdsong also in 2011.
Meanwhile, I am working on my next symphony and have also written a play Margaret and Arthur, which has been used in a workshop in London in November 2011. I wrote the play as a preliminary to a libretto for another opera.
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.
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...