Welcome to my website!
I am a thirty-something guitarist, composer and guitar tutor from London, UK. I moved permanently to Sydney in 2013 after having my first daughter, Layla and now live in Berowra Heights with my beautiful family in a nice house, in a nice leafy cul-de-sac. I also hate spiders.
Since the age of 18 I have played and taught music for a living and it has taken me to many different places around the world, meeting lots of different people, many of whom I still stay in touch with. I have a passion and enthusiasm for music and teaching and it is all I have ever done.
In 2014 I changed my main source of income to photography, where I am able to work locally and independently. Because of my passion for music I still maintain a small group of dedicated guitar students around the world through online teaching and also locally in my home.
Most of my music work has been playing and touring in bands or working on studio recording sessions. I play the occasional solo acoustic guitar gig, or as a ‘gun for hire’ in bands for functions at weddings or parties. I have appeared on international TV and radio, written a published guitar tuition book and have composed for film, and other media. I am also a proud endorsee of Rotosound strings and RJM guitar products. I was brought up ‘old-school’ on the ‘circuit’ if one still exists… my record is 251 gigs in one year, although that’s still 105 days off – slacker!
In 2001, I graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music, one of Europe’s finest music colleges and I quickly moved into a full time music career . I have taught in schools, colleges and privately, I’ve ran classes, workshops and in-house corporate music programmes. I have also worked with many councils as their ‘preferred tutor’ in music workshops and as an examiner for the grade syllabus ‘Rock School’. In the UK, I ran a company that provided music workshops all over the country for children and young adults who have special learning needs; which I found to be some of my most challenging, yet rewarding work in my career. When my daughter Layla was born in 2013, my wife Jenna and I decided to move to Sydney, where I have set up my guitar tuition studio offering first class tuition to children and adults in the Hornsby/Berowra area. I have taught for leading Sydney music tuition programs and also teach a select number of clients from the UK on Skype, some of which have been learning with me since I first started out. I still meet up for a one to one lesson with them once a year in England!
You can view my teaching CV here: John_Wilmshurst_Music_CV_2014
I look forward to meeting you!