John Scott Whiteley is Organist Emeritus of York Minster, having worked at that great cathedral from 1975 until 2010 when he retired from the Minster in order to pursue his freelance career. During the past fifteen years he has become well-known for his performances on BBC2 and BBC4 television of the complete organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  21st-Century Bach was a joint commission by BBC2 and BBC4 and began in 2001. After the series is completed, some eighty programmes will have covered Bach's entire output for organ.  21st-Century Bach was described by the British daily national newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, as "a triumph both nationally and musically."

Having studied at the Royal College of Music with Ralph Downes and W.S. Lloyd Webber, and with Flor Peeters in Malines and Fernando Germani in Siena, John Scott Whiteley won first prize in the1976 National Organ Competition of Great Britain. He then performed at the Royal Festival Hall, for the UK Annual Conference of the Incorporated Association of Organists, and at festivals throughout Europe. The most recent of these have included the 2005 International Organ Festival in St. Albans, the 2006 Musicometa Festival in Rome, and Bach Festivals in Skiernewice, Poland, and Camaiore, Italy. In 2013 he was selected as the organist for the Bach Recitals at St Petersburg's Mariinsky Concert Hall, which took place before audiences of over a thousand people. During the City of Culture Year 2017 John was the coordinator for the OrganFest in Hull. During this, John took part in a Desert Island Discs with Dr Gordon Stewart and Huw Edwards, Lead Presenter for BBC News. Since 1985 John has toured the USA every year and for twenty years he was represented by the well-known agency, Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. His exclusive UK representative from 2000-2014 was PVA Media.

John now has twenty-eight solo CD recordings to his credit, and a further twenty-two as accompanist. These have been recorded by EMI, Guild, Fugue State Films, Regent, Priory, Amphion, Boreas, Selby Abbey Trust and York Ambisonics. His CD, Great Romantic Organ Music, appeared for eight years in the Penguin Good CD Guide as one of the best recorded organ recitals, and several other CDs have won awards, notably a Critic's Choice Award from The Gramophone. This award-winning recording, The Complete Organ Music of Joseph Jongen, formed the basis of some recent programmes made for the American Public Radio Network's Pipedreams series. DVDs of the first two series of 21st-Century Bach were released in April 2006, and Signum has issued Series 3. A DVD of the organ of York Minster was released in 2008 by Priory.

John Scott Whiteley has researched and published books about the music of both Bach and the Belgian composer, Joseph Jongen. He has contributed articles on Bach to the  Bach-Jahrbuch,  the  RCO Journal  and  The Organ Yearbook, and on Jongen to The New Grove: Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In 2003 he was principal lecturer and recitalist at the Colloque Joseph Jongen organised by the Conservatoire of Brussels. He has also transcribed, published and re-recorded the famous Symphonie en improvisation  recorded by Pierre Cochereau at Notre-Dame in 1963.

Composition continues to occupy him, and he has now completed some twenty-three works for organ and seventeen church compositions. The former include his recent Passacaglia and five pieces inspired by the Five Sisters Windows  in York Minster. His church music includes Five Cathedral Motets and the large-scale anthem; At the round earth's imagined corners.  A number of his compositions have been broadcast on BBC Radio Three and in 2010 he recorded a CD of his own organ works played on the organ of York Minster.

Between 2000 and 2008, John Scott Whiteley was Director of the Girl Choristers of York Minster, with whom he recorded a CD of the music of Lassus in 2008. He has taught the organ at the Universities of Hull and Huddersfield, and, as a visiting tutor, at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has often been an adjudicator for organ competitions, and he is an examiner for the Royal College of Organists, having been a member of the council of the RCO for over ten years.

More recently, John has been awarded the D. Mus. by The University of Huddersfield. This is one of the higher doctoral awards. In 2014 John became the Academic Adviser to the Orgelb├╝chlein Project, the monumental undertaking of William Whitehead to complete Bach's unfinished volume. In 2017 he was the editor of the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS).

In his spare time, John is Diocesan Organ Adviser for York and East Yorkshire. He is President Elect of the York & District Organists' Association and during this past year he has been elected to The Livery of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, in acknowledgement of his promotion of the organ and its music. John is also a Freeman of The City of London./p>