John Sheppard was born in London but has lived for most of his life in Nottinghamshire. He founded and conducted the Northwood New Music Group in the 1960s, and more recently has conducted Southwell Orchestral Society as well as the Boots Orchestra. Previously he played flute in the Watford Philharmonic and Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and other local groups. Before his retirement he was a Planning Inspector, holding major public inquiries all over England.
Richard was appointed leader of the Boots Orchestra in November 2012. He started his orchestral playing at school during which time he joined, and for a number of years led, the Nottingham Junior Harmonic Orchestra under Percival Leeds. He led the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra for a number of years and has also been a member of the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. Richard spent many years on the amateur theatre circuit in the ‘pit’ and from 2008 – 2012 was leader of the Long Eaton Operatic Society orchestra.