John Mitchell was born in 1946 at West Byfleet, Surrey, and having spent part of his boyhood in London, has mainly lived and worked (as a community pharmacist) in Kent. He studied composition privately with Carey Blyton from 1974 to 1980, taking the A.Mus. diploma from Trinity College, London, in 1977.
His compositions are on a small scale, and in the main consist of piano pieces, songs, and a few instrumental works. Handbell ringing has occupied a substantial part of his time spent in music, and he was Musical Director of the Martello Ringers from 1983 to 1999. He has made numerous arrangements and written a few original pieces for handbells.
Another special interest is English Music, and he has made several transcriptions of orchestral works by George Butterworth, Peter Warlock, E.J. Moeran and C.W. Orr.
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