John White



5 April 1936 in Berlin.


Piano with Helene Gipps, Kenneth van Barthold, Rosamund Ley and, at the Royal College of Music (RCM), Arthur Alexander and Eric Harrison.

Composition with Elisabeth Lutyens, Humphrey Searle and, at the Royal College of Music, Bernard Stevens.

Trombone and tuba with Dennis Wick and John Fletcher (of the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble.)

Organ with Osborne Peasgoode at the Royal College of Music


Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, The Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Leicester Polytechnic (now de Montfort University. Presently Head of Music at the Drama Centre, London.



Redlands University (California), The Mozarteum (Innsbruck), Internationale Schulmusikwochen (Salzburg), Portsmouth Polytechnic, Newport Art College, etc.

Has broadcast a series of programmes for schools for the BBC on 20th century music and is an occasional reviewer of recordings of contemporary music.


Concerts in the British Isles, USA, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Spain (repertoire mainly of own music and that of the late Romantics: Busoni, Medtner, Szymanowski, Rachmaninov, also Erik Satie.)

Bass trombonist with the Royal Ballet Touring Orchestra and tuba player with the Gabrieli Brass Ensemble. Featured Composer in the PARK LANE GROUP’s 1995 South Bank Concert Series.