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  • John McLeod

    John McLeod is one of the UK's busiest and most prolific composers and has been resident in Edinburgh since 1970.

  • Royal Academy of Music

    He studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Sir Lennox Berkeley winning several prizes for his work.

  • Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music

    In 1979 he won the coveted Guinness Prize for British composers and in 1989 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.


Welcome to the website of Scottish composer 

John McLeod

John is passionate about life and about music and that is reflected in his colourful and challenging orchestral, vocal and instrumental works which are now being commissioned, performed and recorded by leading orchestras and soloists all over the world.

2014/2015 – an outstanding year of premieres and performances

BBC Proms – Aldeburgh Festival – St Magnus Festival – an SCO premiere –
a new Piano Sonata No.5 and a Delphian CD of his chamber music

The forthcoming year is especially fruitful as John celebrates his 80th birthday with the London premiere of The Sun Dances by the BBC SSO under Donald Runnicles at the BBC Proms plus music being featured at the Aldeburgh and St Magnus Festivals. International soloist Murray McLachlan will perform McLeod’s new Piano Sonata No.5 in 20 concerts all over the UK and in France, Greece, Poland, Sweden, Australia and the Canary Islands. The SCO has commissioned a new work Out of the Silence for performances in Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh in January 2015 and there will be a new Delphian recording of his chamber music.

CHANDOS is now including ten of his works at (enter John McLeod mp3 into the search box)

Please take time to browse through the various sections of the website, perhaps starting with his Biography to discover more about his career to date and then find out where and when you can hear his music ‘live’ this year at Latest News and Performances.

In his extensive Catalogue you can see details of scoring and duration and perhaps listen to some of his music through SoundCloud.

John is always pleased to hear your comments and enquiries so don’t forget to use the Contact and Links section of the site.

Music being played:

A selection of CDs