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 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!
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 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´):
I think the live performance sounds exciting - please contact me if you would like to buy a CD on:
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...
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 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.
Programmes for the premier performances of the opera and the oratorio