John Shayler’s musical life began with violin lessons at Bedford School with Helena Langford. While studying sociology at Sussex University, he had part-
His association with Bedfordshire Youth Music began in 1968, when he led the then new County Youth Orchestra for a while, before becoming tutor of the violins. After his studies at the Guildhall the then new Music Advisor, Michael Rose, offered him a violin teaching job with the Authority, and after a year, John became Head of String Instrument Teaching, a post he held until his early retirement in 2002.
John was leader of the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years, and has regularly played viola in the Bedford Sinfonia.
Since 1995, John has worked as mentor in the ABRSM’s professional development course – the CT ABRSM.
Since his retirement, John has been travelling a lot, exploring the sights and beers of over 50 countries.