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John Lubbock

born in 1945

John Lubbock (conductor)

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John Lubbock is an English conductor and singer, founder of the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square (OSJ), which he has brought to prominence including performances at the Proms as well as engaging in outreach and charity work.

John Lubbock founded the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square in 1967. He led the orchestra on tours to Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the USA. He also appeared with them at the Bulgarian, Bratislava and Turku festivals in the 1980s, as well as a Southern Television programme with the Labèque sisters. In August 1985 he and the orchestra took part in the premiere of Iain Hamiltons opera Lancelot.[1]

He conducted recordings of Mendelssohn symphonies 3 and 4 (ACM), Stravinskys Apollon Musagete and Orpheus (ACM), Dvorak and Tchaikovsky string serenades (ASV) and of Mozart overtures (ACM).[1]

In 1985 Lubbock conducted the world premiere of a reconstruction by Philip Wilby of a Sinfonia concertante in A for the programme 'Mozart's Unfinished. He also conducted the choral soundtrack for Doomwatch Winter Angel (1999), a feature length television drama.[2]

During his career Lubbock has conducted six Proms concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, from 1976 to 2006. These included World premieres (by Stephen Montague, John Harle, Benjamin Wallfisch) and Proms premieres (Lou Silver Harrison, Colin McPhee, Jerónimo Giménez and Mozart's Thamos, King of Egypt, K 345) as well as the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Yefim Bronfman, Shlomo Mintz, and Yo-Yo Ma.[3]

Sir Simon Rattle has described him as "one of our most musical assets a thoughtful perfectionist and a musician of total integrity."[4]

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in July 1999.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Programme notes for Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square concert, 10 February 1985, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
  2. British Film Institute website:, accessed 4 September 2012.
  3. BBC Proms Archive, John Lubbock Accessed 3 September 2012
  4. Profile at Logan Artists.

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