Music: Curriculum Vitae

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- John Wesley Barker | Composer, Musician, Teacher & Lecturer

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies composer, Master Of The Queen's Music, Sanday, Orkney Islands.
David Perkins, former Head of Music Service, The Music Centre, Balden Road, Harborne, Birmingham B32 2EH
John Croghan, Head, St Francis Church of England Junior School, Teazel Avenue, Bournville, Birmingham
Cormac Loane, Deputy Head of Music Service, The Music Centre, Balden Road, Harborne, Birmingham B32 2EH
Simon Hall, Senior Lecturer, Music Technology, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HG
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BEF Music of Quality & Distinction Vol.3 (2011)
Keyboard player with Swing Unlimited Big Band
Composer & Sound Designer for Nickolai of the North at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.
at the Technology Innovation Centre, Millennium Point in iMedia, including Music and Sound for Film, Video and Multimedia delivered to 3rd Year BSc courses.
Peripatetic teacher
of flute and keyboard in Telford & Wrekin schools.
Workshop leader
for Musicate doing Music Technology compositions and workshops in schools, delivering National Curriculum - Music through the use of music technology, e.g. GarageBand, LogicExpress.
Lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire, teaching and doing labs on the BSc Music Technology course.
Composed Miro for flute, clarinet, accordian, piano, keyboards, bass and drums.
Trip to New Zealand.
Composed Transit Of Venus for flute(s).
Sessional peripatetic instructor for The Music Service, Birmingham Education Department
HTML Trainer & Web Site Consultation for Drake Music Project (Scotland)
Performing piano with Infinite Trio and other groups.
Composer for recent Scottish Youth Dance project in Moray.
Freelance Music Engraving for Notensatzdienst Freiburg with Sibelius 2 Music Notation Software
Preparation for performance with The Drake Music Project in Perth playing saxophone.
Flute with Mrigya at the Bongo Club 17th August 2001 in Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Composer & pianist in SHARED SPACE dance performance in Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Visiting tutor in jazz flute improvisation during the Birmingham Flute Day.
Queen’s Hall World Music Workshops in Edinburgh Schools and The Drake Project.
Completed CD album as Producer for GREENTRAX RECORDINGS of Bag o' Cats - OUT OF THE BAG, released 1st February 2001.
Transcribing Jazz-rock & Fusion pieces for publication and performance.
Developing performance opportunities and ensembles.
Establishing post-production facility with Mac G4 and ProTools, MasterListCD, Logic Audio Platinum etc.
Composing song cycle for City of London Choir on the subject of the Highland Clearances.


Edited and engraved Vision, a musical by Dominc Hartley.
Recently engraved for notensatzdienst freiburg in Merzhausen, Germany.
Experience in print industry as music copyist & editor with a particular emphasis on complex contemporary scores for clients including Brian Fernyhough (Peters Edition), Harrison Birtwistle (Universal Edition), Peter Maxwell Davies (Boosey & Hawkes), Dominic Muldowney (film scores).
Computer Music Engraver, Typesetter & Editor at Artsound Ltd and then formed and became Proprietor & Managing Director of Lotusleaf Ltd. Equipped with DEC PDP 11/73 and Monotype Lasercomp.
Presently music engraving with Sibelius Music Notation Software 3.0, see Compositions for examples of webpages generated by Scorch, you will need the plugin.


Concerts and workshops on Isle of Arran in 2002 & 2003 with Infinite Trio. Live CD released of Brodick Castle performances.
Collaborator with Mrigya, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2002.
Soloist with Reshah - Persian music with oud, darabouka, daf and vocals.
Improvising pianist with own trio, Infinite Trio playing Standards and fusion resident at The Shore Bar & Restaurant twice a week.
Solo performer with BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre); concerts of flute and/or saxophone and tape, including Seven Waves by Jo Hyde, link to audio clip. See also ELECTROACOUSTIC MUSIC FOR SOLO FLUTE: A COMPENDIUM OF COMPOSITIONS - SEVEN WAVES listing
Conducted performances of new student works for chamber orchestra & live signal processing in the Barber Festival of Contemporary Music.
2nd Reed (flute, piccolo, clarinet & alto saxophone) in West Side Story Stourbridge Town Hall, Annie Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 42nd Street Birmingham Hippodrome.
1974 -1986
Vexations by Erik Satie 11-12 May 1974. Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Organiser: Simon Thorne. Pianists: John Wesley Barker, Simon Best, John Edwards, Paul Feldwich, Pete Mason, Glyn Perrin, Camilla Saunders, Alden Schwarz, Simon Thorne. Duration: 23 hours 56 minutes. See [38] Vexations and its Performers an article by Gavin Bryars.
Keyboard player in Edgar Broughton Band - tours in Norway, Germany & Switzerland.
Transcribed horn parts for Soultax a 23-piece soul band; numerous performances including a tour of Germany during reunification.
Recorded and performed synthesizers & piano on the John Foxx (formerly founded Ultravox) album Metamatic (reached No.18, in British chart for 7 weeks), included two appearances on ‘Top Of The Pops‘ visit
A co-founder, musical director and composer of Lost Jockey — systems music orchestra specialised in music of then unknown American minimal composers - Steve Reich, Philip Glass & Terry Riley as well as compositions & arrangements by members. Lost Jockey was an incorporated ICOM co-operative 1982, released 3 commercial recordings.
Sound Engineer at Ronnie Scott’s (London) for summer Cuban season with artists: IRAKIRE, Arturo Sandoval.
Producer & Engineer at Weemeenit Recording Studios 24 track working with Captain Sensible.
Musician at the National Theatre in Tamburlaine The Great, Il Campiello; Julius Cæser, Don Juan and performer in workshop devised production of Bow Down with Tony Harrison and Harrison Birtwistle.
Researcher in Greek Music and Instrument Design for the Orestia at the National Theatre.


1981-2002 BEF Music of Quality & Distinction Vol.1 (1981) album including Roy Orbisons' It's Over covered by Billy MacKenzie. Strings, 2 French horns, harp and percussion recorded at The Garden, Shoreditch.
Heaven 17 album The Luxury Gap (1983) including singles Temptation and Come Live With Me, orchestra recorded at Air Studios, London, December 1981, 2 sessions, strings and harp then woodwind and brass. Full arrangement largely mixed out of final released mix. Brothers In Rhythm remix of 1991 unveils more of the arrangement.
Palais Schaumberg orchestral takes and piano sketches recorded in PolyGram studio in Hamburg & Wessex Studios in London for Parlez-Vous-Schaumberg (1984) album
ABC (1984) album Beauty Stab including the single That Was Then But This Is Now, 4 cellos and 2 double basses recorded at SARM WEST, Basing Street Studios by Gary Langan.
We Love You, the Rolling Stones classic covered by Dick O'Dell of Y Records, string quartet mutitracked.
Transcribed numerous soul Horn Parts (5 reeds, 4 brass) for Soultax
Back In Denim (1991) Denim album produced by John Leckie.
Congleton Choral Society Suo-Gan (1995) for Soprano solo, Choir and small orchestra.
Birmingham Music Service Clarinet & Saxophone Choir (1997-1999) adaptations for clarinet choir.
Five Songs by Samual Barber arranged for Edinburgh University degree performance.



ILEA Cockpit Theatre Saturday workshops creating ensemble, electronic & tape pieces performing new composed improvised music and theatre.
Ritual Theatre, an improvisation group comprising 3 musicians and 3 performance artists at Bath Festival 1976 - 1977
Co-ordinator York Musicians Co-operative
Founder & Director of the St Paul’s Square Community Festival (funded by Yorkshire Arts)
Project work with Scratch Orchestra, Peoples Liberation Music, AMM (2) performing with improvising musicians & visual artist, devising strategies for improvised music, founded and incorporated of London Musicians Collective & Jazz Centre Society


Community Musician at Battersea Arts Centre, summer play schemes constructing bamboo flutes with children.
Composer & Musical Director on Bluebeard - The Barbary Ghost and Molefinger at Chats' Palace, Homerton Community Arts Centre, Hackney.
Music Co-ordinator for Interaction Community Arts, projects included - M-I-Y Make-It-Yourself, Music Workshops, Summer Play schemes, Last Anti-Nuclear Festival, Dogges Troupe, Imprint and the Almost Free Theatre, composed game songs for under 5s, published by AC Black including The Weather Song
Solo piano player for stage production of The Wizard of Oz (1989) at The Old Bull Arts Centre, Barnet, Herts.
World Music workshops for Queen’s Hall education project in Edinburgh Schools.


Miro for flute, clarinet, accordian, piano, keyboards, bass and drums. Dedicated to Rocky & Pete on the birth of their son.
Transit Of Venus for solo flute & Transit Of Venus 2 for flute duet (2004) written while waiting for pupils.
Jazzy Johnny (in progress) set of graded educational pieces for melody instrument and piano
From B for baritone saxophone and tape
accelerandi e ritardandi for violin & orchestra
The Aeroplane for very large orchestra
Sirens for tape
24 Progressive Studies for melody instrument
Astbury Ayres for flute, oboe, cello, harp & percussion commissioned by Congleton Choral Society, revising as Astbury Ayres 2 (2004) for enlarged ensemble.
eccho ring an Epithalamium for 3 sisters voices and organ.
Four Variations for piano on a theme by Bela Bartok.
Phrase Book (1979) for four parts. Recorded by Lost Jockey at Wortwell Mill, produced by Gareth Jones, released on Le Disque du Crepiscule.
Music by Rise & Fall (1979) for flutes, saxophones, clarinets, tuned and untuned percussion, keyboards, pianos. Recorded by Lost Jockey at Abbey Road, produced by John Leckie, released on Twilight Records, used as title music to BBC R4 programme Puzzle Panel (1998-1999).
Music by Rise & Fall 2 for solo mallet instruments & tape delay commissioned by Simon Limbrick with funds made available by Greater London Arts Association (performed at Wigmore Hall, London; De Melkveg, Amsterdam; The Half Moon Theatre, Mile End).
Return Journey (1979) for documentary film funded and distributed by The Arts Council of Great Britain).
Composed, improvised and performed in Steps, Notes & Squeaks devised by Maina Gielgud with dance performance by Piers Beaumont, Svetlana Beriosova, Jonathan Kelly, William Louther, Marjorie Slaski, James Slater and Wayne Sleep
Music for campaign videos including Health Emergency & And Then There Was One produced by Triple Vision Directed by Terry Flaxton, commissioned by Channel 4 with funds provided by Trade Unions & Independent Video Producers Association.
Flute Sonata (1970)
Arion (1970) for solo cello and strings
The Hollow Men for baritone, 2 basses & 3 Double Basses
Circular Triangulation for three trios
Sextet (1970) for tuned percussion
Six Pieces for Chamber Orchestra - performed by pupils of the Purcell School (formerly The Central Tutorial School for Young Musicians) conducted by Graham Treacher on 28th April 1971 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Odyssey for Chamber Orchestra - performed by pupils of the Purcell School conducted by Graham Teacher on 1st July 1971 in St Johns' Smith Square, London. New Zealand Broadcasting Commission recording and broadcast of Odyssey.
Incidental music for plays at the Globe Theatre, Dunedin including The Cocktail Party, Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Patrick Carey
Concerto Grosso for soloist & 4 ensembles - performed in Marima Hall Dunedin.
Legends In A Small Book Of Designs for Large Orchestra commissioned by Southend Summer School Of Music.
256 Clouds for solo oboe & 12 percussionists first performed in Coventry Cathedral by Alistair Bentley & students of Warwick University.


Hardware: IBM-Mainframe 700 Series & PC Compatibles, DEC-PDP 11/73 & Vax Cluster, APPLE-Macintosh G4, Quadra & IIe, MONOTYPE-Lasercomp, ATARI micros, Fairlight CMI plus numerous electronic musical instruments.
Operating Systems: Windows 3.1, 95 & 98, 2000, ME & XP, MS-DOS 3.3 - 6.x, UNIX (Idris), PL/M, CP/M, VMS, System 7, Mac OS 8.5 — 9.1, OSX Jaguar, Panther, Tiger & Leopard 10.5.7
Music Software: Composers Desktop Project, Steinberg Pro-24, Steinberg Sound Library, C-Lab Notator Logic and Logic Audio Platinum, Cubase VST (Rebirth & Recycle), GRM Tools, Sadie, Sound Designer II, ProTools, Coda FINALE, Sibelius, Amadeus Music Engraving, Note Processor, CoolEdit, CSound (Cecilia)
Office Software: AppleWorks 6 & Microsoft Office X (Word, Access, Power Point, Excel)
Desktop Publishing: Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Pagemaker, QuarkXpress.
Web site authoring: HTML 4, CSS, Macromedia Director 8, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia Flash MX, Macromedia Fireworks MX, Macromedia Freehand MX
Digital Video: Final Cut Pro, iMovie, QuickTime, VideoScript.
System Utilities: Norton Utilities Norton AntiVirus, Virex, Conflict Catcher, and Techtool.


Choral Scholarship (as Head Chorister St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide) to Pulteney Grammar School.
Awarded Prize for outstanding contribution to music at Pulteney Grammar School.
Grade 8 Flute score 148 — National highest distinction (Australia).
Member of Musicians' Union Central London Branch & Edinburgh Branch, Approved Contractor
Associate Member of the Performing Right Society, Member of the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society, Member of the Composers Guild of Great Britain.

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