Born in 1950, John Bayley spent many years as a music teacher in schools and colleges in the English Midlands. Since leaving the profession in 1997 he had a brief spell as an actor, as well as being MD for several shows, ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas to “Godspell”, which he also directed. John sang with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus for 30 years, and has performed around the world under many of the greatest conductors. John studied choral conducting as a postgraduate at Birmingham Conservatoire under the renowned choral conductor Paul Spicer, and has conducted several choirs. He is currently conductor of the Solihull Chandos Choir. His composition work includes incidental music for several Shakespeare plays.