John Hearne was born Reading, with his parents having came from Wales. Since 1970 he has lived in Scotland. He studied in St Luke’s College, Exeter, and at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth where he gained a First Class Honours degree and a Masters degree. For a time he taught music in Iceland, and for 17 years was a lecturer at Aberdeen College of Education. He was the first Chairman of the Scottish Society of Composers, and was the Chairman of the Scottish Music Advisory Committee of the BBC from 1986 to 1990. He is now a free-lance composer, singer and conductor, and was Chairman of Gordon Forum for the Arts in Aberdeenshire for three years. He was Warden for the Performers and Composers Section of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain.