John Traill is a prominent conductor, composer, and educator.  He values musical endeavours at all levels and he fervently promotes music for all, with a particular focus in higher education. As Director of Music at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, John co-ordinates music across the breadth of the academic community. With twenty years experience combining freelance performance with academic positions at leading UK conservatoires and universities, John is currently also director of the Oxford Conducting Institute, the St Anne’s Camerata, Ensemble ISIS (the new music group at Oxford Faculty of Music), the City of Southampton Orchestra, and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.  Previous academic positions include acting Head of Performance at Bangor University, Teaching Fellow positions at Royal Holloway and King's College, University of London, and lectureships at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Bristol University.

 

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The start of my year has again been filled with education and outreach, with performances reaching 2000+ young ears when  considering the CSO Family Concerts and OCYO Concerts for Schools combined. The music has ranged from Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra toRead more…

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The start of my year has again been filled with education and outreach, with performances reaching 2000+ young ears when  considering the CSO Family Concerts and OCYO Concerts for Schools combined. The music has ranged from Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra toRead more…

  The Oxford Conducting Institute established the International Conducting Studies Conferences in 2016 with the explicit aim of promoting the cross-fertilisation of practice and research by bringing people together into productive dialogue. The initial success has grown into a biennial eventRead more…

The last 12 months have been very special for OCYO. Their accolades include, but are not limited to, providing workshops for Oxford University, performing concerts for schools (reaching 1500+ school children), collaborating with Ensemble Zohra (the first-ever all-female orchestra from Afghanistan),Read more…

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Cokethorpe Young Musician of the Year

John adjudicates this competition again at Cokethorpe School

13th February 2020

Cokethorpe School, Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Concerto Competition – FINAL

Oxford University students Ewan Millar (Strauss Concerto for Oboe), Charlie Lovell-Jones (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto) and Julian Trevelyan (Brahms Piano Concerto no.1) will join the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra to perform in the final of the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition. This year's panel include John Traill, David Whelton, and Tony Rob.

08th February 2020

St John the Evangelist, Oxford

Ensemble ISIS & Richard Causton

The Faculty’s New Music Orchestra, Ensemble ISIS, perform the works by living British composer Richard Causton, alongside works by student composers. Conducted by John Traill.

07th February 2020

Holywell Music Room, Oxfordl

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