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John Riley is a classical musician based in Edinburgh, and  has enjoyed a varied career within music. He has a particular interest in the allied disciplines of composition and improvisation, not least the placing of familiar musical material in a variety of different styles and genres. John has contributed to various journals in the UK and overseas and provided organ improvisation classes for various groups, including several masterclasses for Cambridge and Oxford Universities. For further details see the biography section, and for an outline of John's approach to his creative work, go to Creativity in musicAlso, 'Organ improvisation. Towards achieving style and structure


Various organ and vocal scores are available for free download, as are a variety of published books and articles. 


When not absorbed in music, John is also a keen photographer and a life-long railway and vintage bus enthusiast! 

Classical piano improvisation

All those who play for services should read this, and certainly all those who have to face an extemporisation test in forthcoming diploma exams.  This is one of the most imaginative projects I have seen in many years and the CD enlivens and enriches what is inventively told in an excellent book”.

Roger Fisher in ‘Organists’ Review’,  ('The Creative Organist').

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