|I studied composition with John at the Birmingham Conservatoire from September 1997 through until June 2000.
I could not have wished to have met and studied with a more friendly, knowledgeable or talented individual, who guided me through the three years of that honours degree with much patience and encouragement.
Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to go back and speak with John in the last three to four years, and in a way I regret this now. Over the three years that I knew him, our relationship grew to the extent that I considered John to be not only my tutor, but a good friend as well.
I will miss you John, as I'm sure many of your other former students will as well.