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John is working on a joint collaboration with Deborah Pritchard, creating a new orchestration of Brahms German Requiem, for the Manchester Camerata. Ben Gernon will conduct the first performance, with the Manchester Camerata, at the Lichfield Festival, on 1st July 2016.

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Commissioned by David and Lelia Sadlier, John’s Four Cornish Songs will be showcased by students of the Cornish American Song Institute during their UK tour in June 2016 (Oxford and Cornwall).  David and Lelia will subsequently perform the songs in Europe andRead more…

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The Arts Council/Artswork commission, organised by the Oxfordshire County Music Service, has involved John writing two concertos, both involving outreach in Oxfordshire schools. John’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra will be premiered by Simon Desbruslais and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra atRead more…

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John will conduct the Oxford Philharmonic in the final of the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition, on Thursday 10 March 2016 in the Sheldonian Theatre at 7.30pm. The programme features Strauss Horn Concerto No.1 (Myrddin Rees Davies, St Hilda’s),  Mozart Clarinet Concerto (David Mears, Royal Academy of Music), and Prokofiev ViolinRead more…

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*1-Day Course*: ‘Conductors Working in Education’, Saturday 21st February 2015, 10.00-5.00pm Sheldonian Theatre and Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS Description: Come and watch John Traill conduct the Oxford Philomusica in a 2hr workshopRead more…

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John will be a featured conductor and composer with both the Ronen Ensemble and at the University of Indianapolis, USA, between Saturday Sunday 19th-Wednesday 22nd October 2014.  His residency includes the premier of Memento, a work commissioned to commemorate theRead more…

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At St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford The Oxford Conducting Institute, directed by Dr John Traill (Professional conductor, Director and Lecturer of Music at St Anne’s College), provide a series of workshops and short courses for conductors. Events range in focus,Read more…

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    The St Anne’s Camerata is a unique string orchestra (a hybrid of the traditional Oxbridge college choirs), comprised of professionals, student scholars, and youth exhibitioners.  The group perform regularly at college events, and at venues and festivals fartherRead more…

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Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, 2014 Germany Tour Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier Suite, Respighi – Pines of Rome, Shostakovich – Symphony No.5 21st July 2014, Festhalle, Bad Schiedeberg, Germany, 7.30pm 22nd July 2014, St Pauli Ruine, Dresden, 7pm 23rd July 2014,Read more…

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On Saturday 29th March 2014, John performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with Juliette Roos (BBC Young Musician of the Year, String Finalist 2012).  This was the second time they have collaborated, the first being last March with the City ofRead more…

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John conducts Ensemble ISIS, as part of Judith Weir’s residency at the University of Oxford’s New Music Forum.  The ensemble is the only faculty managed group and has some of the finest performers across the University.  The programme will include the European premier of ‘Blue-GreenRead more…

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    OCYO at their best, performing Strauss Don Juan and Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March no.1 at the Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 12th November 2013.  A thoroughly deserved performance, and it is always a pleasure to conduct near 5,000Read more…

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Fantastic effort by the City of Southampton Orchestra last night – an excellent start to the season, performing Shostakovich #8, Bourgeois Trombone Concerto, and Britten Pas de Six.  Particular thanks to Mike Buchanan, soloist, whose performance formed part of hisRead more…

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A fabulous concert celebrating the music of Robert Saxton.  The programme included Simon Desbruslais performing both trumpet concertos, and the premiere of Rhapsodic Variations on Robert Saxton’s Little Prelude that I organised and wrote the final variation for (thank toRead more…

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Following on from being awarded the Classic FM Special Achievement prize at the National Festival of Music for Youth, in Symphony Hall Birmingham (early July 2013), John and OCYO will close the NFMY ‘Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall onRead more…

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In 2013 – the 100th anniversary year of Benjamin Britten’s birth – John will perform a substantial portion of the composers orchestral repertoire, and direct large education projects to mark the occasion.  He has also been commissioned by American tenor,Read more…

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On 1st April 2013, 2pm, John was mentored by maestro Valery Gergiev in a workshop run by the Oxford Philomusica.  John conducted Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and benefitted from Gergiev’s kind words and guidance.  The workshop preceded a performance byRead more…

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On 11th May 2013, John will perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, concluding a collaborative and educational project between the City of Southampton Orchestra, Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and young musicians from across the region.  The three week project includes combined rehearsals,Read more…

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John has been invited to conduct the Oxford Proms Orchestra for a third year running, performing two concerts in the Oxford Proms series, August 2013.  This innovative summer orchestra, that has previously featured distinguished soloists that include Masayuki Kino, MamiRead more…

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Guild Records release Autumnal – Chamber Music by Thomas Hyde (GMCD7389), featuring John Traill (Conductor), Edward Vanderspar (viola), Eliza Marshall (flute/alto flute), Catriona Scott (clarinet), Ruth Potter (harp), and Katherine Jenkinson (cello).  Recorded 2011-2012, John was also a studio director forRead more…

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Faculty of Music > News > Recent Articles (http://www.music.ox.ac.uk/news/recent-articles/john-traill-premiere-in-the-royal-albert-hall-this-week.html) A new work, by John Traill (Director of Music, St Anne’s College, and Lecturer at St Catherine’s College, Oxford) will be premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 9th NovemberRead more…

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John premiered ten new works by leading British composer with the London Contemporary Music Group. The concert celebrated the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, and includes John’s Little Concertino for Six. Rian Evans, The Guardian, Tuesday 9 September 2008 AsRead more…

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Oxford University website > News. 27 August 2008 (http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/270808.html) An Oxford University conductor is embarking on what is believed to be the first ever podium exchange in the UK with an amateur orchestra – by swapping places with a maestroRead more…

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Following John’s appearance on BBC Radio 3 CD Review, the BBC discussion board erupted into an elaborate debate about whether trailers should interrupt the programme.  Comments about John were very complementary, however: BBC Radio 3 Discussion Board, 15 March 2008Read more…

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On Wednesday 19th, Thursday 20th, and Friday 21st September 2007, John will be premiering a new opera, ‘The Corley Conspiracy’ by Tim Benjamin, with exciting new music ensemble Radius (see www.radiusmusic.org).  The opera is for actors and ensemble and theRead more…