John specialises in the music of the later 18th and early 19th centuries – on historical keyboards or modern copies.
International Piano has described his Beethoven playing as ‘Excellent…played with historical awareness and humour’. His Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven recordings (whether solo, or with his group, Ensemble DeNOTE) have garnered 5* and 4* reviews in The Observer, Guardian Classical and Early Music Review – the Mozart playing praised for its lyricism, inventive ornamentation and ‘gorgeously subtle colouring.’
His most recent solo CDs are Josef Haydn Piano Sonatas (Devine Music DMCD005, 2015) and John Irving Plays Mozart on the Hass Clavichord (sfzmusic, 2013). Recent and forthcoming appearances include King’s Place; Milton Court, Barbican Centre; Greenwich International Early Music Festival; LSO St. Lukes; St John’s, Smith Square; Brighton Early Music Festival; Deal Festival; North York Moors Chamber Music Festival; St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Recent international invitations include recitals in Dublin; Lugano; Gent; Venice; Amsterdam and Valletta.