John Warburton has been professionally involved with the broadcasting and recording industries since 1982. After graduating as a Tonmeister from the University of Surrey he produced and presented for BBC radio around England, developing classical music and arts programmes along with producing many outside broadcasts and daily shows. Later, he was on the production team for many network television programmes including the BBC series of music performances, “21st Century Bach”. More recent television projects include a complete restoration of Ken Russell’s classic film “Elgar — Portrait of a Composer” as well as filming and radio production for the British Council’s “World Voice” project.
Since October 2017, John Warburton has been a freelance newscaster for broadcast commercial radio nationally within the UK.
He is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the University of Surrey’s Department of Music and Media, leading certain modules on the Tonmeister (Music and Sound Recording) BMus/BSc honours degree, and the Film Production and Broadcast Engineering BEng honours degree.
As a record producer, he co-produced the Gramophone award winning Complete Keyboard Works of William Byrd for Hyperion Records, produced the first recording of Edward Elgar’s piano music on the composer’s own instrument, and has produced countless classical music programmes for the BBC. He is a published composer and classical pianist, and his music was featured by Het Metropole Orkest in their campaign that was awarded the Golden Lion in Cannes in 2013, a Webby Award and ten other prizes.