John Crawford received his early training in Sheffield. At the age of 13, he became a member of the National Youth Orchestra, which led to lessons at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During this time, he won the Gold Medal of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. John continued his studies abroad in Vienna and Sienna before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He now enjoys a varied career, leading the Forest Philharmonic and Ernest Read orchestras, teaching at Trinity College of Music and at the Purcell School, and making frequent visits to Finland as both a player and teacher.