John Irving’s extensive experience of Higher Education Music over the last quarter-century means he is frequently retained as a consultant on strategic issues by institutions in the UK and beyond. He has contributed to departmental external reviews in several universities. He has been and continues as External Examiner to a number of Bachelors. Masters’ and Doctoral programmes. He has advised on numerous research grant applications to governmental funding councils in the UK and Europe.


Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
Austrian Research Council
Belgian Council for Humantities Research
Chair Appointments, Katholiek Universiteit, Leuven
Departmental Reviews: University of Birmingham, Liverpool Hope University
Programme Reviews: Brunel University, Royal Academy of Music, University of Hull, Leeds College of Music
REF External Reviewer for a major NE England university

External Examining:
Edinburgh University
Cardiff University
Royal Northern College of Music
Hull University
Royal Holloway
University of Nottingham
University of Sheffield
City University

Academic projects: editorial consultant and author for The Mozart Project (the world’s first interactive digital book on Mozart for iPad (international bestseller and 5* reviewed) – available on iTunes

Frequent books and recordings reviewer in the academic press

John has also been an enthusiastic participant in the nationwide Speakers for Schools project, talking and performing in a range of educational establishments.