John Goold L.R.A.M. M.I.S.M.

John Goold (Musical Director) Cantium Brass BandJohn comes from Worksop in Nottinghamshire and has been interested in music from a very early age. Encouraged by his parents who were both accomplished musicians, he started to study the piano at the age of eight. At the age of fourteen, John joined the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal to continue his musical education learning to play the French Horn.

After 3 years he graduated, and was appointed to the Staff Band of the Royal Marines School of Music. In 1957 he was posted to Singapore where he became the Principal Horn of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and taught French Horn for the Singapore Education Authority.

John returned to the Staff Band in Deal in 1959, and four years later, he was transferred to the Royal Marine School of Music where he was appointed Horn Instructor. During this time, he took lessons to improve his Horn technique and was invited to play in several orchestras making many broadcasts and recordings. In 1965, John attended the Bandmasters Course at the School of Music, and on completion, was posted to the Royal Yacht Band in Portsmouth where he served for seven years, the last two of them as the Yacht's Bandmaster. During his time at Portsmouth, John continued to perform with many Orchestras as a freelance Horn Player gaining valuable experience.

In 1971, John was invited to become the Musical Director of Southsea Band. He was with the band for a couple of years before having to resign in 1973, due to work pressures and his own Professional playing commitments. In 1974, John was appointed Chief Instructor at the Royal Marine School of Music where he served until his retirement in 1978. On leaving the Royal Marines, John embarked on a Career as a Music Teacher and continued with his Horn Playing.

With some persuasion from the "Wee Professor" (namely Walter Hargreaves), John agreed to take up the position of Musical Director with the Betteshanger Colliery Band in Deal, and competed at the Mineworkers Contest in Blackpool against some of the Countries top bands, Grimethorpe and Desford. After a few years with the Band John decided to take a rest from Conducting and dedicated more of his time to Composing and arranging for both Brass and Military Bands. It was in 1990 that John was offered the position of Musical Director with Cantium Brass taking the Band from 4th Section through the ranks to 1st Section locally (S.C.A.B.A.) and 2nd Section Nationally. It was in 2000 that John led the band to a place at the National Finals Royal Albert Hall, London after achieving 2nd place at the Areas at Stevenage performing the set work Narnia Suite by Geoffrey Burgon. The following year (2001) the band became London & Southern Counties Champions performing Joseph Horovitz Sinfonietta, again qualifying for a place at the National Finals in Preston where the band gained a respectable 7th Place.