John Hancorn is well known in the world of opera, oratorio, recital and consort work. He is Music Director of the East Sussex Bach Choir and The Baroque Collective, with whom he has directed many performances of baroque and classical choral repertoire. He is also closely associated with the Brighton Early Music Festival, and is co-director of the BREMF Singers. In a more contemporary vein, he directed the world premiere of Orlando Gough's opera, "The Finnish Prisoner" for the Paddock in Lewes.
John is also music director of Eastbourne Choral Society and The East Sussex Academy of Music " Academy Voices". He regularly leads vocal workshops and masterclasses, and is on the staff at Trinity College of Music, and Christ's Hospital. He directs chamber choir courses at Dartington International Summer School, and leads vocal workshops at Ardingly International Summer Music School.
In December 2009 he led the ‘Sing Hallelujah’ event, in connection with ENO and Radio 3, managed by Artemis Arts at the Foundry Gallery Lewes. Over 300 people attended and sang together.
John is musical director of The Phoenix Cantata and has led workshops and conducted excerpts from the work on stage at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in November 2010 and collaborated with The University of Sussex as part of the Sounding the Site project in March 2011, with a performance sung by the university choir and local choirs.