“My memories of thrilling concerts with you are stored safely away in my highlights bank.”

DAME FELICITY LOTT

“It is always a great pleasure to work with the OSJ and its Artistic Director, John Lubbock. Its music making is unfussy, direct and, for me, fun. Its concerts have taken a varied and ambitious repertoire throughout the UK.”

BENJAMIN LUXON

“To call the OSJ, under the direction of John Lubbock, a vibrant and inspiring ensemble would be an understatement.”

JOHN LILL

“John Lubbock has been one of our most musical assets … a thoughtful perfectionist and a musician of total integrity.”

SIR SIMON RATTLE CBE

“It is always the greatest pleasure to work with you and the Orchestra, John. The atmosphere of friendliness, the sheer quality of playing and the sensitivity of the accompaniment was every singer’s dream.”

DAME JANET BAKER

‘John is a joy to work for because there’s no ego in the way, at all. He’s an absolute conduit for his vision, and the music…You come to OSJ to (perform), forget all the shattered illusions you’ve had from other (orchestral) experiences, and just be restored, on all sorts of levels, and John is a brilliant engineer of that.’

JO COLE, Cellist

‘The combination of John’s amazing musicianship, his love of music making in all its forms and the wonderful repertoire he chooses for us makes playing in OSJ a true delight.’

JESSICA O’LEARY, Violinist

‘Great conductors are rare animals that display special qualities: humility before their art; a consummate knowledge of their subject; the ability to communicate with the musicians on an equal footing, not from above; passion for the sake of music and not for show; and the ability to create a musical environment where musical shape, colour and mood take precedence over simply beating time, playing louder or softer or just plain old ‘getting it together’! It is always a musical highlight to work with John and OSJ, which is reflected in the calibre of the individual talent displayed within the Orchestra and the loyalty and respect that these fine musicians give to him.’

PAUL ARCHIBALD, Trumpeter