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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 throughout the world.

Recent highlights include

BBC Proms – Aldeburgh Festival – St Magnus Festival – an SCO premiere – a new Piano Sonata No.5
and a new  CD of his chamber music by the outstanding Red Note Ensemble on the Delphian label


Aberdeen born John McLeod’s increasingly acclaimed music bears all the hallmarks of exuberant colour and precisely imagined fantasy that his earlier associations with Lennox Berkeley and Witold Lutoslawski would lead one to expect. For over 40 years, he has been at the centre of contemporary Scottish music and is still one of the UK’s busiest and most prolific composers.

John has won important awards for his work including the prestigious Guinness Prize for British composers. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2005 and 2010 was nominated for a British Composer Award. Recently he was presented with the Gold Badge of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) for services to British music.

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