John Frith (b.1947)

John Frith grew up in Portsmouth and Newbury where he developed a passion for music which was nurtured through singing with Anglican Church choirs and by playing the clarinet and the cornet in school bands (including his own jazz group) during the 1960s.

John began his professional training as a French horn player and composer at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. He continued his musical education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with Anthony Halstead (horn) and Edmund Rubbra (composition), winning the Brass and School Composition prizes in 1970 and 1971. Here he met Pamela (studying oboe) and they were married in 1971.

After a short career in professional horn playing John concentrated on writing music, teaching brass, conducting choir’s orchestras and bands at Abingdon School, Northampton Music Schools, Oundle School and Worcester Youth Music where, he worked as conductor, brass teacher and as ‘composer in residence’ providing creative music projects in primary schools throughout the county.

Now retired from full-time teaching John works with publishers: Warwick Music, Cherry Classics, Studio Music & ABRSM (brass) Emerson Publications, Hopvine Music, Camden Music (woodwind & vocal) and many of his works have been professionally recorded on disc and some broadcast by the BBC. 

John Frith is also in demand as an adjudicator at music festivals.










John Frith

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Horn Club series



A Bunch of Crooks - four quartets for hand horns
edb 0104023
  John Frith

Cuivré series



Concert Piece (5 Variants) for brass quintet
edb 0305011
John Frith
Fields of Gold for brass quintet - IN PREPARATION
John Frith