John Reid read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he gained an MPhil in musicology before taking up a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek. He has also taken lessons in song interpretation with Malcolm Martineau and, privately in Amsterdam, with Rudolf Jansen. His many awards include the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier, Maggie Teyte and English Song accompaniment prizes, the 2003 Birmingham Accompanist of the Year (joint winner) and the 2004 Gerald Moore Award, as well as the Scott Huxley, Flora Nielsen and Richard Lewis-Jean Shanks prizes at the RAM. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for excellence by the Academy on graduating last summer, as well as the Shinn Junior Fellow for the academic year 2004-5. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle and is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.