/ Villa Park, Illinois
Member since July 2019
Born in the US to British immigrant parents, John grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in Chicago for the past 25 years. After a long career writing, arranging and singing pop (The Toons, two-time Gold Cabaret Award winners and early MTV act), alt-country (Long Gone Lonesome Boys with over one million I-Tunes and Spotify downloads) and a cappella (with three-time Harmony Sweepstakes winners Chicago Voice Exchange), he has turned to composing more serious choral music in recent years, becoming a published composer and winning numerous national and international composition contests
Neo-classical, 80% Bach, 10% jazz, 10% Swedish folk music
Listen to works by John Milne
The Virgin's Lullaby Lament
a cappella (SSAA)
A setting of the saddest carol lyric I've ever heard, a good change of pace in a Christmas concert
When All the World's Asleep
A setting of an wonderful Irish Christmas poem. This is available from Pavane/Hal Leonard/J W Pepper
Do You Know the Song that the Angels Sang?
A nice "gloria" for Christmas. This is available from Pavane/Hal Leonard/J W Pepper
Soft and Safe to Thee
A setting of a poem read at funerals
SATB with soprano solo
An animal rights anthem (no, it's beautiful, really!)
Per Crucem ad Lucem
A setting of the Latin phrase meaning "Through the Cross to the Light" as a five part fugue
SATB with tenor solo
A setting of a heart-breaking WWI poem called "Suicide in the Trenches"
The Falcon (Corpus Christi Carol)
A setting of a mystic medieval poem about an astral trip!
The Winter It is Past
A setting of a lovely Robert Burns poem
Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing
A setting of a Siegfried Sassoon poem inspired by Christmas Eve 1918, when German and English troops heard one another singing carols a declared an improtu truce, came together and sang together to celebrate Christmas.
A setting of a lovely George Cooper poem, perfect for non-religious funerals or fall concerts
A setting of the Jesus Prayer, which is very important in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, together a quote that often appears on the tombs of Templar Knights in Malta. A hymn of deep repentance and hope.
A carol about the Wise Man who brought myrrh, with a "Gloria in Excelsis" chorus.
Still Falls the Rain
A setting of an Edith Sitwell poem, written during the Blitz of London in 1940, one of the most powerful affirmations of faith in the face of human evil ever written.
The Golden Sea
A setting of a lovely transcendentalist poem by Samuel Longfellow about the sky, the sea, sunset, the soul, the oneness of it all!
SATB choir, cello and tubular bells
A setting of a portion of the Epistles of Petrus Blesensis, a 12th century monk and scholar. The text is in Latin.
English translation: I am a mortal man, sold into sinful bondage; I am trapped deep in the mire, and even in the glorious freedom of the children of God, I can't breathe. Help me, help me Lord...
The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes
A setting of a Yeats poem. I came across it at the height of Covid, and it seemed so apt - it's about taking sorrow and turning it into something useful and beautiful. Available from Pavane, Hal Leonard or J. W. Pepper.
It Was a Lover and His Lass
A setting of the famous Shakespeare song. This will be available on Pavane, Hal Leonard and J. W. Pepper next spring.
Home, They Brought Her Warrior Dead
A setting of a lovely Tennyson poem