John studied organ under H.A.Roberts FRCO and acoustics under Dr R.W.B.Stephens at Imperial College, London where he took a BSc honours degree. Studied voicing and tonal design under Robert Lamb and Mark Fairhead at Hill Norman & Beard. Later worked on mechanical design and on tonal design and supervision; directed work on over thirty new organs plus seven cathedral organs and the recital organ in the Royal College of Organists before leaving professional organbuilding. John Norman is a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Organbuilders and is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology, of which he is a Past-president.
Past Chairman of the British Institute of Organ Studies, former Member, Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (nominee of the Royal School of Church Music); former visiting lecturer, Royal School of Church Music, Reading University and London Metropolitan University.
Member of the London Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and member of the council of the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology. Consultant to the Churches Conservation Trust. Member of the organ consultants’ committee for the Royal Festival Hall, London. Regular columnist for the Organists’ Review and author or joint author of four books on organs. His next book Organ Works will be published shortly.
Services offered include advice and guidance on new organs and restorations, varying from an initial report to full oversight of a project. Normally works in tandem with the client’s musical advisers. Particular emphasis on acoustical and liturgical/architectural considerations, also on helping to select an appropriate organbuilder for each project, using extensive trade knowledge. Covered by professional indemnity insurance. For further details consult www.jnorman.me.uk.