John Hosking is a freelance organist, composer and conductor 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 numerous solo recitals in the Abbey. 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 CDs, his most recent, Variation, is recorded at St. Asaph Cathedral for Regent Records. He will release a further disc for Willowhayne Records from St Asaph Cathedral in 2019 with a programme of works for organ, soprano, violin and harp. He made his recital debut at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris in 2015.
Increasingly active as a composer, John has completed commissions for Bangor, Chester and Peel Cathedrals, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Conwy Music Festival. His Requiem was premiered in the 2013 North Wales International Music Festival and his large-scale work, The Seven Trumpets 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.
The Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge together with the Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir released a complete disc of his choral works for Regent Records to critical acclaim. John's largest 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; this recording was Editor’s Choice in Organists’ Review magazine. His new Toccata for organ is published by Banks Music, with the remainder of his compositions published by Chichester Music Press.
Several of John's compositions have been broadcast as part of the BBC’s Introducing scheme.