Musical Director of our Choir

John Sutton

Being the tallest boy in his year when starting Secondary School he was thrust a double bass and told to play it! (Sadly he has only grown outwards not upwards since!!)

The versatility of the bass soon became obvious to him, as he found himself playing classical concert works, jazz and pop.  He was a founder member of the 60’s cult pop group Mott the Hoople, and much later accompanied the Walker Brothers on their European tour.

He was also the youngest bass player, at the time, to have been given the opportunity to play with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, which he did until

He gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where he studied singing with Mark Raphael, bass with Eugene Cruft and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult.  In these capacities he has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe.

He taught music in Surrey for 30 years, from 6 Form Colleges to Primary Schools.

He conducts three choral societies in Surrey and the Winchester  area where he now lives.

A combination of the 3 choral societies regularly perform in many of France’s cathedrals and basilicas — memorable concerts include Sacre Coeur, Vezelay, Bourges, Foix, Chartres, Sancerre and Reims Cathedral (in front of a 2,500 audience)

Press reviews of his recent performances have included: “…outstanding success… truly inspirational.” and “….great fun!” all of which he enjoys enormously!

John’s main desire is to give music a place and presence in the communities where he performs it, and to this end he has conducted the Voices for Hospices biennial concerts for the last 25 years.

Since his early retirement from teaching, he now divides his time between the grandchildren, and homes in Picardie and the Languedoc making music and playing golf!

Our Musical Director – John Sutton

…and with our accompanist Gwilym Stacey

John at the end of conducting the massed performance of The Armed Man at Kempton Park. Our choir sang together with many London based choirs

John is congratulated by Sir Karl Jenkins – composer of The Armed Man. The event raised around £25,000 for Voices for Hospices.