John Lubbock conducting

“One of our most musical assets – a thoughtful perfectionist and a musician of total integrity.”
Sir Simon Rattle

The Orchestra of St John’s was founded by John Lubbock in 1967. It takes its name from the orchestra’s first home, the redundant St John’s Church in Smith Square, Westminster. Badly bombed during the last war, this Baroque masterpiece was restored to its former glory and remains one of London’s foremost concert halls.

John Lubbock’s life has music at its core: he was a chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, went on to join the John Alldis choir, was a founder member of the London Symphony Chorus and then one of the Swingle Singers. John is best known today as a conductor and particularly for his long association with the BBC Proms, which included conducting a number of acclaimed world premieres.

The Orchestra of St John’s was formed while John was still a student at the Royal Academy of Music, and from day one his aim was to create an orchestra that would serve the wider community, taking high quality music to those who might otherwise have little or no experience of it.

He has single-handedly gathered around him a group of distinguished musicians who are not only outstanding performers but who share his ethos of bringing music to people of all ages and from all walks of life.

John speaking at the Sheldonian

John conducting Handel's Messiah

In 1999 John received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2015 he was awarded an OBE for services to the Orchestra of St John’s and to people with autism and learning difficulties in the UK.

He was a finalist in the prestigious The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award 2015.

Forthcoming Concerts
  1. OSJ Unlocked 1 – 6pm and 7.45pm. Pre Booking essential

    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. OSJ Unlocked 2 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre Booking essential

    October 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. OSJ Unlocked 3 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre Booking essential

    November 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. OSJ Unlocked 4 – 6pm and 8pm. Pre booking essential

    December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. CANCELLED OSJ Ashmolean Prom – Christmas Carols

    December 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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