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 wide-ranging career as soloist, accompanist, coach and teacher; he has given concerts in Croatia, France, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, Turkey and South America, performs regularly with singers, instrumentalists and choirs, accompanies the next generation of British musicians at the Guildhall School’s Junior Department, and teaches piano at two of London’s top schools. In 2014 he featured as piano soloist on the soundtrack of the major ITV series ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’, playing music by Edmund Jolliffe, and in 2015 he gave three performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.
In London he has played at the Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen Elizabeth Hall 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. Another speciality is the song repertoire; in 2008 Veronica Veysey Campbell and John created the Aberystwyth MusicFest Vocal Course, which has taken place annually since then. He has taught and accompanied on several other prestigious music courses, notably Dartington International Summer School, David Wilson-Johnson’s song course at Ferrandou in France, the Malvern Wind Chamber Music course and the Benslow Baroque Opera Project.
His recordings have been acclaimed by BBC Music Magazine, the Sunday Times and Gramophone, and the CD of Peter Dickinson’s Five Forgeries for piano duet, which he recorded with the composer, was released in 2009. Since 2011 John has been the accompanist for the Pink Singers, Europe’s oldest LGBTI choir, and this year he will be appearing in concert with them in London, Manchester and Mumbai.