John Traill specialises in symphonic and contemporary repertoires, and he is committed to making music accessible to all.  Director and Lecturer in Music at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, John has performed across the UK and overseas, with orchestras that include the London Mozart Players, the Oxford Philomusica, the Sofia New Symphony Orchestra, the Kharkov Philharmonic, the SCAR Philharmonic, and the Curitiba Symphony (Brazil). His work with leading contemporary music ensembles includes the London Sinfonietta, CHROMA, the New Music Players, London Contemporary Music Group, Sounds Underground, and the Moscow Studio for New Music. Read full biography...

Conductor

Thomas Hyde: ‘Autumnal’ (Guild Music GMCD 7389)

John Traill (conductor) / Edward Vanderspar (viola)

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Click here to hear excerpts from this CD (this will take you to the iTunes website)

 

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Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (excerpt)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Movement I (excerpt 1)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Movement I (excerpt 2)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Movement I (excerpt 3)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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Stravinsky ‘The Firebird Suite’ (excerpt), Royal Albert Hall

John Traill / OCYO

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John conducts Stravinsky's The Firebird (1919 suite) at the Royal Albert Hall (OCYO, NFMY, 2010)

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Elgar ‘Pomp and Circumstance March no.1′ Royal Albert Hall (excerpt)

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Movement II (excerpt 1)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5, Movement II (excerpt 2)

John Traill / New Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria

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‘Oxonia’ (premiere) at the Royal Albert Hall (excerpt)

see Composer page for more 'Oxonia' excerpts

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John conducting James Black’s ‘Mosaics’ (premiere)

John Traill / Oxford Philomusica

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Click here to see John conducting, in rehearsal, the premiere of James Black's Mosaics, with the Oxford Philomusica (this will take you away from johntraill.ac.uk).

 

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John conducting James Maloney’s ‘The Edmund Fitzgerald’ (premiere)

John Traill / Oxford Philomusica

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Click here to see John conducting, in rehearsal, the premiere of James Maloney's The Edmund Fitzgerald, with the Oxford Philomusica (this will take you away from johntraill.ac.uk)

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Oxford Philomusica

Guest Conductor, 2007-2013

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Conducting composition workshops, concerts, and since 2012, the Oxfordshire Concerto Competition.

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CHROMA

Guest Conductor, University of Oxford composition workshops, 2013 / 2014

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New Music Players

Guest Conductor, 2012

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Curitiba Symphony, Brazil

Guest Conductor, 2010

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Orquestra Filarmonica de Jaragua do Sul, Brazil

SCAR Philharmonic: Guest Conductor, 2008 / 2010

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31 August 2008, Municipal Theatre, Itajai, Santa Catarina

28 August 2010

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London Contemporary Music Group

Conductor, 2008-2010

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New Chamber Opera

Conductor, 2008

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John premiered Andrew Gant's opera Don't Go Down The Elephant After Midnight, with soprano Patricia Rozario, at the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival, Hammersmith, on 2nd and 3rd July 2008.  Repeat performances at Oxford University, November 2008.

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London Sinfonietta

2007

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As musical director of Ensemble ISIS, John directed a residency with Sir Harrison Birtwistle and the London Sinfonietta, at the University of Oxford (October 2007).

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Radius

Guest Conductor, 2007

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Tim Benjamin's The Corley Conspiracy (premiere), Purcell Room, London

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Sounds Underground Ensemble

Principal Guest Conductor, 2006-2007

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John was principal guest conductor of this pioneering new music ensemble, managed by Rose Hankey.  Performances at the Warehouse, with notable premiers of works by Oscar Colomina i Bosch.

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Jordania Orchestra, Tennessee

Vakthang Jordania International Conducting Competition 2006, Prize-winner

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Orchestra of Opera North

Leeds Conducting Competition 2002 / 2005

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London Mozart Players

Guest Conductor, 2002/3

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Moscow Studio for New Music

Guest Conductor, 2002/3

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John directed a residency with this group during the launch of Ensemble ISIS at the University of Oxford, working with maestro Igor Dronov

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Kharkov Philharmonic, Ukraine

Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition, 2002

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New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria

1999 / 2001

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Ensemble ISIS, Faculty of Music, Oxford

Musical Director, 2003-2013

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Royal Holloway University Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2013

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RWCMD Contemporary Music Ensemble

Principal Conductor, 2012-2013

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Oxford University Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2006; Rehearsal Conductor 2001-2013

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RWCMD Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2013

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RWCMD Concert Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2013

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Nexus Orchestra (RWCMD)

Guest Conductor, 2013

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CNU Orchestra, Virginia, USA

Guest Conductor, 2011

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WIU Orchestra, Illinois, USA

Guest Conductor, 2009

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Trinity College of Music (Trinity Laban)

Rehearsal Conductor, 2007 (Opera)

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Oxford University Philharmonia

Principal Conductor, 2002-2003

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Oxford University Sinfonietta

Principal Conductor, 2001-2002

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City of Southampton Orchestra

Principal Conductor, 2003-2013

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Newbury Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor, 2010-2013

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New Bristol Sinfonia

Guest Conductor, 2011

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Guernsey Camerata

Guest Conductor, 2008

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Norwich Philharmonic

Guest Conductor, 2008

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Guernsey Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2007

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Mozart Orchestra of Norwich

Principal Conductor, 2000-2005

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Wolsey Orchestra

Guest Conductor, 2001-2005

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Waveney Sinfonia

Guest Conductor, 2001-2002

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Claxton Opera

Conductor, 2000-2001 - Eisler: Die Massnahme

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Wymondham Symphony Orchestra

2000

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Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra

Principal Conductor, 2009-2013

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Southampton Philharmonic Choir

Associated British Ports, 2012

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Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, special performance in the terminal adjacent to where the Titanic sailed from, 100 years to the day.

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Romsey Choral Society

Collaboration with CSO, 2012

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Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, special performance in the terminal adjacent to where the Titanic sailed from, 100 years to the day.

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Southampton Choral Society

Collaboration with CSO, 2006

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Beethoven Symphony no.9

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CHU Choir and Orchestra (Rouen)

Exchange with Norwich Mozart Orchestra

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Performances in St. Andrew's Hall, Norwich, and Town Hall, Rouen.

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Harrow Philharmonic Choir

Norwich, 2000

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Mendelssohn's Elijah

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Eisler: Vierzehn Arten den Regen zu beschreiben / Ivens: Regen (Rain)

Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford, 2012

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Ensemble ISIS, live to film, perform Hans Eisler's score to Joris Ivens’s 1929 silent film of Amsterdam, Regen (Rain).

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Hughes: Light Cuts Through Dark Skies / Ivens: Regen (Rain)

Denis Arnold Hall, Oxford, 2012

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Ensemble ISIS, live to film, perform Ed Hughes' score to Joris Ivens’s 1929 silent film of Amsterdam, Regen (Rain).

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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot

Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 2010

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15 November 2010. Alison Wells (soprano). This performance was part of a two-day residency with Max and Ensemble ISIS, directed by John, at the University of Oxford.

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Goblin Market

Regional Arts Centre, Macomb, Illinois, September 2009

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Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon, music by Polly Pen, adapted from the poem by Christina Rossetti. Kitty Karn / Nancy Crossman (Producers). WIU Music Theatre production.

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Andrew Gant: Don’t Go Down the Elephant After Midnight

(premiere) Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival, 2008

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John premiered Andrew Gant's opera Don't Go Down The Elephant After Midnight, with soprano Patricia Rozario, at the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival, Hammersmith, on 2nd and 3rd July 2008.  Repeat performances at Oxford, again with New Chamber Opera, were warmly received in November 2008.

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Mozart: Zaide

St. John's, Smith Square, London, 2007

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Trinity Laban production, John was rehearsal conductor for musical director Tom Hammond.

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Tim Benjamin: The Corley Conspiracy

(premiere) Radius, Southbank Centre, 2007

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19-21 September, 2007. London. Director - Sean Starke.

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F.W. Murnau / Hasse: Faust

(premiere) Barbican Centre, 2007

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13-21 October 2007 (incl. repeat performances at Victoria Rooms, Bristol). COMA South West. Live performances of new score by Jean Hasse (also recorded for subsequent performances).

 

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Lubas: The Caretaker’s Symphony

GrayScale Productions (Film)

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John recorded the soundtrack to The Caretaker's Symphony, with the City of Southampton Orchestra, and was a creative advisor for the film (about a conductor that goes mad). Ian Roderick Gray (Director). Gil Sutherland (Lead).

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Barton: Scarlet and Black (2004)

(premiere) Opera in Three Acts

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John conducts the premiere of this substantial opera (2'37'') by Peter Barton, written between 1967 and 2004, in this three disc recording. Based on the novel 'Le Rouge et le Noire' by Stendhal (Scott Moncrieff translation). Performers: John Traill, Gemma Hitchen, Matthew Rickard, Ross Buddie, Alexandra Dorman, Lisa Cassidy, Humphrey Berney, Andrew Mackintosh. Producer, Stef Edwards. Recorded at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, August 2004.

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Eisler: Die Massnahme (The Decision)

John Innes Centre, Norwich, 2001

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Richard White (Director). Bertolt Brecht and Hans Eisler.

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Thomas Hyde: Autumnal (2012)

Chamber Music by Thomas Hyde (Guild Records)

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Autumnal, op.5 (2003). Guild Records: GMCD 7389.

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RWCMD / Oxford University

Session recordings for Film and Composer Portfolios (2003-2013)

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John regularly records with student ensembles at the RWCMD and the University of Oxford, for film and composer portfolios.

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BBC Radio 3: CD Review

John Traill joins Andrew McGregor for a round up of recent releases of Beethoven symphonies.

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This highly praised appearance BBC Radio 3 prompted the BBC to write 'Thank you for your heartening comments. As regular listeners will realise, John Traill is a new voice on Radio 3. The production team on CD Review is always keen to find the right person for the job: John's credentials as an academic (with a specialism in Beethoven's orchestral music) as well as his work as a performing musician(an up and coming conductor)  seemed to fit the bill precisely. We are therefore delighted that you have given him the thumbs up. Hopefully we'll hear from him again before too long.'  Includes extracts from the following discs:

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 (c/w Weber: Adagio from the Clarinet Concerto No. 1; Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri - Sinfonia; Johan Wilhelm Wilms: Rondo from Sinfonia a grand orchestre) Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor) Channel Classics CCS SA 25207 (Hybrid SACD)

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 (from disc Beethoven Symphonies) Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor) BIS-SACD-1716 (Hybrid SACD)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 (c/w DVORAK: Symphonic Variations Op. 78; MARTINU: Incantation (Piano Concerto No. 4)) Philharmonia Orchestra, Rudolf Firkusny (piano), Rafael Kubelik (conductor) Testament SBT 1421 (CD, Mid Price) BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor) Naxos Historical 8.111248 (CD, Budget)

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 8 Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor) PentaTone Classics PTC 5186 316 (Hybrid SACD)

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8 The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Jarvi (conductor) RCA Red Seal 88697 006552 (Hybrid SACD)

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BBC Radio 3: Listen Up!

Premiers of works by Thomas Hyde and Christoper Marr (2006) / City of Southampton Orchestra

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Radio 3's Listen Up! Festival of British Orchestras broadcast the recording of two premieres of works by Thomas Hyde and Christopher Marr.  The works were commissioned by John and the CSO, performed live on  19 March 2005, Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford, Southampton. Thomas Hyde Scherzo Capriccioso, Christopher Marr Follow the Trail.

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