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