John Beswick

Conductor


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Orchestra Biography

John won a scholarship to train as an orchestral conductor at the Royal College of Music where his teachers included Neil Thomson, George Hurst and Odaline de la Martinez. At the R.C.M. he conducted all of the College orchestras and won several prizes. He then won a second scholarship, this time to study with Diego Masson at the 1996 Dartington International Summer School where he was chosen as a conductor for the Festival performances of Rigoletto.

Respect for the musicians he conducts and for the music they play, combined with strong technique, a good ear and sound musical judgement, make him a popular choice with players. These are qualities highly valued by the Redhill Sinfonia (www.redhillsinfonia.org.uk), and led to his appointment as Principal Conductor of the orchestra in the summer of 2012. Previously he has held appointments with The Slough Philharmonic Society, Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia and with the Orchestra and Choir of St Thomas' and Guys' Hospitals.

In addition to the above posts, John has worked as a guest conductor with several orchestras including the Oxford Chamber Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, the Orchestra and Choir of UCL, Kingston Philharmonia, Colne Philharmonic Orchestra and Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra. John has also conducted a wide range of other orchestras, professional, semi-professional and non-professional including the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Grange Park Opera, Leicester Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Hertfordshire Philharmonia and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra.

As well as having a strong grounding in core concert hall orchestral repertoire, John has a strong interest in film music and has conducted many concerts of such repertoire, sometimes including his own arrangements. In 2009 he conducted the UK premiere of Bafta-winning composer Dan Jones' music for the film Shadow of the Vampire.

Orchestra Repertoire List

Barber
Adagio for Strings

Bartók
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Viola
Rumanian Dances

Beethoven
Triple Concerto
Concertos for Piano Nos. 4 & 5
Concerto for Violin
Overtures Coriolan, Egmont, Leonora No. 1
Symphonies 1-9

Bernstein
Overture Candide
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Bizet
Symphony in C

Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem

Borodin
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Brahms
Concerto for Violin
Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

David Bruce
Crosswinds (World Premiere)

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 2

Jacques Cohen
Hang Wood (World Premiere)

Copland
Appalachian Spring
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Duruflé
Requiem

Dvorák
Concerto for Cello
Slavonic Dances Op.46 Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 & 8
Slavonic Dances Op. 72 Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 7
Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, 8 & 9
The Water Sprite
Wind Serenade

Elgar
Concerto for Cello
Enigma Variations
Overtures Froissart, In The South
Serenade for Strings

Fauré
Prelude to Pénélope
Requiem

Gershwin
Concerto for Piano
Rhapsody in Blue

Grieg
Concerto for Piano
Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2
Symphonic Dances Op. 64

Haydn
Concerto for Cello in C
Symphony No. 104

Holst
Ballet Music from The Perfect Fool

Hindemith
Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Kodály
Dances of Galánta

Liadov
The Enchanted Lake

Mendelssohn
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Overture Fingal's Cave
Symphony No. 4

Mozart
Concerto for Bassoon
Concerto for Flute No. 1 in G
Gran Partita (Serenade for 13 wind)
Great Mass in C minor
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A
Overtures Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro
Requiem
Symphonies Nos. 32, 35, 39, 40 & 41

Nielsen
Concerto for Flute

Paul Maurice
Tableaux de Provence

Prokofiev
Cantata Alexander Nevsky
Symphony No. 1

Rachmaninov
Concerto for Piano No. 2
Symphonic Dances
Symphony No. 2

Ravel
Mother Goose Suite
Pavane for a Dead Infanta

Rossini
Overtures The Barber of Seville, The Silken Ladder, The Thieving Magpie

Saint-Saëns
Concerto for Piano No. 2
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra
Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony)

Sibelius
Finlandia
Karelia Suite

Schubert
Symphonies Nos. 3, 5, 8 & 9

Schumann
Symphony No. 4

Richard Strauss
Horn Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Stravinsky
Danses Concertantes
Dumbarton Oaks

Sullivan
Overture Di Ballo

Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Piano No. 1
Concerto for Violin
Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet
Nutcracker Suite
Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6

Vaughan Williams
English Folk Songs Suite
The Lark Ascending
A Sea Symphony
Oboe Concerto

Varèse
Octandre

Verdi
Overtures La Forza del Destino, Nabucco

Wagner
Siegfried Idyll

Walton
Concerto for Viola
Prelude and Fugue Spitfire

Weber
Overtures Der Freischütz, Oberon

Webern
Five Pieces for Orchestra

Film Music Repertoire List

Klaus Badelt
Pirates of the Carribean

John Barry
Born Free
Dances With Wolves
From Russia With Love
Midnight Cowboy
Out of Africa

Elmer Bernstein
The Magnificent Seven

Eric Coates
The Dam Busters March

Danny Elfman
Batman
Christmas Eve Montage from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ron Goodwin
Monte Carlo or Bust

Dan Jones
Shadow of the Vampire Suite (UK Premiere)

Erich Korngold
Robin Hood
The Sea Hawk

Dario Marianelli
Elegy for Dunkirk from Atonement

Jerome Moross
The Big Country

Eric Rogers
Carry On At Your Convenience

Nino Rota
La Dolce Vita
La Strada
The Godfather

Howards Shore
The Fellowship of the Rings (Lord of the Rings pt. 1)

Max Steiner
Casablanca
Gone With the Wind

John Williams
Adventures on Earth and Flying Theme from E. T. The Extra Terrestrial
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Return of the Jedi
Star Wars
Superman

Hanz Zimmer
Gladiator

 

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