John Crothers was born in 1948 in Belfast, N. Ireland. He was Organist and Director of Music successively in Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Ireland (anglican) churches, as well as Chair of the RSCM in Ireland. Professionally, he moved to Lisburn, Co Antrim in 1978 to teach Modern Languages in Grammar School before moving permanently to France in 2001.
He now lives in the suburbs of Paris, where for a number of years he taught English at university level to future musicians, politicians, journalists and military officers.
He retired from full-time activity in 2014, but still accompanies services in churches in the Paris area, organises and directs the annual RBL Remembrance Service in Notre-Dame Cathedral, and broadcasts on French radio. In particular, he has introduced French listeners, and those listening by Internet, to the very 'British' concept of 'Nine Lessons and Carols'.
He has been Chair of RSCM France since its inception, is a member of the HSGBI Executive Committee, a regular contributor to the HSGBI Bulletin and has composed a number of hymn tunes which have been published in various collections and recorded on CD. He is a 'Jubilate' composer and is currently writing a biography of a Northern Irish musician.