Born and brought up in Norfolk John's interests extend into many areas of music. As a player he performs on both the violin and viola specialising in the music of the baroque and classical eras. He has performed as principal viola with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, principal violin with Solomon’s Knot and played and recorded with groups including the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Players and the Early Opera Company. In 2015 he performed as principal violinist in the Globe Theatre’s new play starring Mark Rylance and Iestyn Davies, Farinelli and the King. Projects in 2016 include concerts and recordings with Arcangelo, performances in China with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra as well as recitals with harpsichordist Tom Foster in the UK and Spain.
As well as the performance of early music John also has a keen interest in the anthropology of music and holds a masters degree in ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.