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. 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 particular 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 include Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Concerto in D minor K.466, and the Concerto for Two Pianos K.365 with Rebecca Holt.
John is the senior accompanist in the Guildhall School’s Junior Department and also accompanies for the Senior Department, is a piano teacher and accompanist at St Paul’s Girls’ School, and has taught 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 oldest LGBTQ+ choir and his plans for 2018-19 include concerts with them in London and Munich, as well as performances of The Rio Grande by Constant Lambert, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto.