John Perkins (Leader)


John retired from the Royal Marines in November 2000 having served 35 years, the last twenty of which have been as a conductor and Director of Music of three major bands. He has combined this work with a parallel career as a violinist and record producer and is currently the MD of Clovelly Recordings Ltd ( Conductor of The Kent Concert Orchestra and Leader of The Becker Ensemble. He began studying the violin aged 14 years with Harry Lipman (himself a pupil of Brodsky) and, at the age of seventeen, he was appointed Leader of the Orchestra in HM Yacht Britannia, a position he held for the next 8 years. During this time he continued his violin studies with Molly Mack at the Royal Academy of Music, and Mr KoeKoe in Arnhem, Holland.

In 1997 John was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) and in 1998 was co-author of a Degree programme at both Bachelor’s and Masters level for the University of Portsmouth. John has appeared in many of the world’s leading concert halls as conductor and has numerous recording credits to his name. John was, until November 2000, Director of Music of the Royal Marines Band (Royal Band), a position he combined with a parallel career as a violinist and record producer. He appeared as a solo violinist at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999, 2000 and 2001 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His popular recording of the ‘Ashokan Farewell’ remains a great favourite with radio listeners. John’s latest CD release, ‘Sketches of Childhood’, is now available on itunes.

Recent performances have included concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. John is also conductor of the Kent Concert Orchestra (

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