John White – principal tutor Wind Group – attended the Royal College of Music as a scholar, studying the oboe with Peter Graeme, after leaving the National Youth Orchestra. He went on to join Sadlers Wells Opera Orchestra, which eventually changed to English National Opera, where he became principal oboe for eleven years.
On leaving E.N.O. John worked with many London orchestras as a freelance oboist, whilst also becoming a peripatetic teacher. This lead to coaching and residential music courses both for children and adults. During the last twenty years he has also been Musical Director of various productions for operatic and musical theatre societies.