John Hursey trained as a concert pianist at the Royal College of Music. He subsequently read Music and European History at Cambridge, then was invited to become a lecturer in Music Education at the London Institute of Education. The invitation arose from listening projects he created for Primary Schools that Rediffusion Television broadcast throughout the UK.
In 1965 he arrived in Kent to be an Assistant Organiser of the Kent Music School. He has worked in the County every since: first as Head of Adult Education for the City of Canterbury; later as a music tutor at Canterbury Christ Church University.
For the last 25 years he has remained at Christ Church where he pioneered an Access Course for street musicians with Prof. Grenville Hancox.
He continues to teach of the Access Course, and the piano to BMus students.