John McLeod was born in Aberdeen in 1934.
He studied under Sir Lennox Berkeley at the Royal Academy of Music and studied conducting under Sir Adrian Boult. He was elected fellow of the Royal Academy in 1989.
His works have been performed by many Orchestras. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra made him Associate Composer from 1980 to 1982.
His music can be found on several CDs:
Visions of the North :
Evelyn Glennie has performed his The Song of Dionysius in her album Light in Darkness :
Murray McLachlan has performed his Piano Works :
His Piano Sonata No.1 can also be found on Contemporary Scottish Piano Music by Peter Sievewright :
His work Haflidi’s Pictures can be found on the eponymous CD :
His Le Tombeau de Poulenc is on Kenneth Smith’s Folk and Fantasy :
And his The Passage of the Divine Bird is on Owen Murray’s On the Wings of the Wind :