John Brown BMus (Hons) LRAM DipABRSM LLCM DipLCM
We were pleased to welcome John Brown as our conductor and Musical Director in September 2021. John was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2005 he graduated on a scholarship as a flautist from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he studied with Michael Cox and Clare Southworth. He has also received tuition from Sir James Galway, William Bennett and Ian Clarke.
At 16, he was a woodwind finalist in the RTE Irish Musician of the Future, and in 2008 was the winner of the Clandeboye Irish Young Musician of the Year. He has given solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall, London, National Concert Hall, Dublin and has played professionally with the Ulster Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He has been privileged to play with such artists as Sir Colin Davis and Sir Elton John throughout his performance career.
In 2010 John joined the Central Band of the Royal Air Force primarily as a flautist. He was the winner of the RAF Annual Soloist competition, which awarded him the honour of playing as a soloist in most major concert venues in the U.K. He has enjoyed tours of Basel, Canada, Cyprus, New Delhi, and Washington, D.C. In 2015, after a battle with Focal Hand Dystonia, he then became a Bass Clarinettist. On this instrument, he has also led the Central Band Clarinet Quartet.
Having always had a passion for conducting, he left the RAF in 2020 with a DipLCM in the discipline. He then transferred to the Royal Corps of Army Music to pursue his ambitions of being a Bandmaster. He is currently studying on the British Army Bandmaster Course with Rob Wiffin and aspires to graduate in 2021. As part of his training, he has had the privilege to conduct the Band of the Scots Guards, British Army Band Tidworth, British Army Band Sandhurst and the Band and Bugles of the Rifles.
John has a passion for fitness and nutrition and is a qualified personal trainer. He lives in central London with his partner and two Persian cats.