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"As a musician, I'd describe myself as a passionate amateur," says John Cleghorn.
Having learned to play the piano and the organ in childhood, he has accompanied instrumentalists and, more often, singers throughout his life. He was accompanist to the Australian Children's Choir for ten years. In his university days, John found having an appointment as an organist an enjoyable way of augmenting his income. After a gap of some decades, he took up the organ again and is currently the organist of the Christian Science Church in St. Kilda Road. John has been involved in choral singing all his life, having been a committed member of The Melbourne Chorale/MSO Chorus for many years.
John mentions two moments in his life as being most important in his musical education. The first was when he joined the Sydney University Musical Society; collaborating with so many fine musicians gave him a fuller appreciation of classical music. The second moment was when he became a volunteer programmer and presenter at 3MBS.
"My education then took another step forward and I learned about composers I had not previously known. Conversations with 3MBS colleagues are always enriching."
Variety is what John aims for in his Tuesday Concert Hall programs. He prefers not to work to a theme, but to provide good listening by selecting works from different periods and genres, always including a concerto, chamber music, some vocal music and a symphony.