Composer, performer and teacher, John Hymas has worked as a professional instrumentalist and composer for most of his life. Since moving to the Welsh borders he has written scores for Diversions Dance Company, Theatr Powys, Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, and numerous community projects. John is a member acclaimed folk crossover band Hoover the Dog and local roots favourites Little Rumba.
He has over ten years of experience working in schools and with young people of all abilities. He specialises in mixing composition and instrumental ensemble work, encouraging participants to make contributions towards the goal of performing a piece constructed during a workshop or series of workshops. His work covers many areas of the school music curriculum.
For the last 10 years he has run Sheep Music's highly respected youth music programme Black Sheep White Sheep.
John has previously worked as a professional orchestral violinist/violist and is a qualified violin teacher