John B. Sullivan
Born in 1951. I began singing in Church choirs as a boy soprano, and after starting brass lessons at the age of 11 I became a Euphonium soloist in many Brass Bands. I began writing music at the age of 15 and I attended the Northern School of Music, Manchester between 1969 & 1972. (The NSM merged with the Royal Manchester College of Music just after I left, and together they became the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music). I played the Tuba, Piano, and Cello whilst at College. I taught in secondary schools for many years both as Head of Music Dept and also as a Brass Peripatetic Teacher for a time. I returned to composing recently, and a little more seriously when Sibelius became more affordable. During 2009-2010 I was privileged to serve as the Civic Mayor of Tameside, one of the 10 Greater Manchester Boroughs, and one of the pieces for sale here was written as a direct consequence. (It's in the description of the piece). I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the magnificent Chamber Orchestra, The Manchester Camerata, who are based in Manchester in the UK, and I was also a member of the Board of Directors of the wonderful Royal Exchange Theatre in the heart of Manchester, and also of the brilliant Oldham Coliseum Theatre whuch sadly has been closed recently. Before I retired I produced and presented my own weekly radio show, Mainly Brass on Tameside Radio.