John Hosking is a freelance organist, conductor and composer based in North Wales.
A student at the Royal College of Music, John became Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey in 1996 and is the only person to ever hold this post for a period of three years. During this time, John played the organ for many Royal and State occasions, broadcast for the BBC and played 20 solo recitals in the Abbey.
After graduating, John acted as Assistant Organist at Lincoln and Truro Cathedrals before being appointed Master of the Choir at Bramdean School in Exeter, broadcasting with the choir on Sky News and CNN. He was Assistant Director of Music at St. Asaph Cathedral from 2004 – 2018.
In much demand as a recitalist and accompanist, John appears on several commercial CDs; his latest, “Variation”, is recorded at St. Asaph Cathedral for the Regent Label. He made his recital debut at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris in 2015.
Increasingly active as a composer, John has completed commissions for Bangor, Chester, Ely and Peel Cathedrals, Martin Baker (organist), St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Conwy Festival. His Requiem was premiered in the 2013 North Wales International Music Festival and his large-scale work, “The Seven Trumpets” written for the St. Asaph Choral Society premiered in December 2013. John’s new setting of the Requiem, “Missa pro defunctis” was premiered on opening night of the 2016 North Wales International Music Festival to a capacity audience.
The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge together with the Ely Cathedral Girls’ Choir have released complete disc of his choral works for Regent Records to critical acclaim. John’s latest work for organ, “The 14 Stations of the Cross” commissioned as part of Sebastian Thomson’s “Angels of Creation” series has been released on the Convivium label and was labelled “Editor’s Choice” in the Organists’ Review magazine. All of his compositions are published by the Chichester Music Press. He was most recently commissioned to write a work to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales.
John has an early music partnership with Cheshire soprano, Olivia Hunt; under the name HH Classical Duo they have performed all over the UK, had 6 broadcasts on the BBC’s “Introducing” scheme and will release a CD together in November 2018 on the Willowhayne label in conjunction with Naxos.