John Flinders

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Junior Guildhall


John Flinders discovered his love of ensemble playing whilst at school, and his studies with Dorothea Law at the University of York and Mary Peppin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama inspired him to specialise in the art of accompaniment. He now has a busy and wide-ranging musical career, as soloist, accompanist, coach and teacher; he has appeared on BBC TV, ITV, Radio 3 and Classic FM, and has performed in Argentina, Chile, Croatia, France, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay. In 2014 he featured as piano soloist on the soundtrack of the major ITV series The Great War: The People’s Story, in music by Edmund Jolliffe. In London he has played at the Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, the Hackney Empire, Milton Court, the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and St. John's, Smith Square. He is particularly noted for his performances of the clarinet repertoire and has worked with many of this country's leading clarinettists; he also has a strong affinity with the song repertoire and in 2008 Veronica Veysey Campbell and John created the Aberystwyth MusicFest Vocal Course, which has taken place annually since then. His recordings include works for clarinet, bassoon and piano with the English Romantics Trio, and CDs of English and French clarinet music. His CD of Peter Dickinson's Five Forgeries for piano duet, which he recorded with the composer, was released in 2009. Recent solo performances have included Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Lambert’s The Rio Grande, Mozart’s Concerto in E flat K.449, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. John is the senior accompanist in the Guildhall School's Junior Department, where he has worked since 1991, and also accompanies for the Senior Department. He is a piano teacher, chamber music coach and accompanist at St Paul's Girls' School, is the accompanist for JAGS Choral Society and has given classes in interpretation at the Guildhall, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the London College of Music. Since 2011 John has been the accompanist for the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-running LGBTQ+ chorus, and has given concerts with them in Iceland, India, Ireland, the Netherlands and Portugal; in May 2018 he conducted the choir in several concerts at the Various Voices Festival in Munich.