John Bryan is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield, where he was awarded a higher doctorate for his practice-based research in 2015. Following study at the University of York, he has developed a career that encompasses performance, research and teaching in equal measure.
His research has been published in articles for Early Music and The Journal of Musicology, and a jointly-authored book for Routledge, Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music (2016).
He has taught early music at the Universities of York, Leeds and Hull, founded the North East Early Music Forum and coached viol consort performance at Dartington International Summer School.
As a performer, he has worked with many leading ensembles since the 1970s, including the Rose Consort of Viols, Musica Antiqua of London, I Fagiolini and the Consort of Musicke, with whom he has made some 40 CDs, given many radio recordings, and appeared at international festivals in USA, Canada and throughout Europe. His performance focus is on music for viols, but he also plays Renaissance woodwind and harpsichord, and regularly directs and conducts early music performances.
He has contributed to a range of programmes on BBC Radios 3 and 4, is an Artistic Adviser to York Early Music Festival, which he helped to found, and is a specialist lecturer for Martin Randall Travel’s music festivals.