Meet John! He’s working on our Takeover Spring Festival day at Stewart Headlam Primary School.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a composer and workshop leader working with a large variety of groups in and out of schools. Currently I’m writing pieces for a Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service and Royal Academy of Music joint project, a piece about Richard III for the Leicestershire Music Service, and Into the Light for Buckinghamshire Music Hub and the Aurora Orchestra. In the summer I’ll be playing in and music directing a revival of a National Theatre project for Year 1 children The girl who never looked up. Most of my work with groups encourages participants to explore their (possibly unrecognised) creative and musical abilities by writing and performing their own works.
What are you most looking forward to about your school’s Takeover festival?
That I don’t know what’s going to happen and we could be a bit mad!
How did you come to start making music?
Because I needed to escape into an inner world which was better than the outer one…
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
People generally – I never fail to be surprised by how often they surprise me. Children particularly.
When you’re not making music, what do you get up to?
So you mean there’s other stuff I could be doing?
Could you share a favourite projects you’ve worked on recently?
Working with deaf students at a secondary school, vulnerable adults in Bethnal Green (on a who-dunnit about a cat burglar), blindfolding teachers and Key Stage 2 pupils for a project with the Aurora Orchestra culminating at the Royal Albert Hall in April, amongst other things.