John Lubbock is the founder and principal conductor of the Orchestra of St John’s. He began his musical life as a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle and later, having studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, went on to sing with the John Alldis choir, was a founder member of the London Symphony Chorus and a member of the Swingle Singers.
John founded the orchestra in 1967, whilst still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. He wanted to create an orchestra that would serve the community and not just be part of the ‘music scene’. His focus on the community has been the driving force behind his tireless enthusiasm and life-long commitment to making the highest quality of music available to those with little or no musical experience. He has gathered around him a group of distinguished musicians that share his aim of bringing music to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Since the birth of his autistic son, he has become very involved in the world of music and disabled children. John Lubbock and his players give 40 concerts each year to autistic children and others with learning difficulties through his charity ‘Music for Autism’. He has also developed a series of concerts for people with dementia and is a founder trustee of the Thomley Activity Centre for children with special needs, where Music for Autism has provided and equipped a music building.
John is a trustee of the Music for Life Foundation which enables gifted, but disabled musicians to access music making of the highest calibre and some have performed with OSJ and OSJ Voices. He is also a trustee of the Clear Sky Foundation, which provides play therapy for emotionally damaged children.
In 1999 John received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music.
In the 2015 New Year Honours list, John Lubbock received an OBE for services to the Orchestra of St John’s and to people with autism and learning difficulties in the UK.