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John Longstaff

Reduced Orchestration

John Longstaff

Born: Lancashire.

Education: Girton College, Cambridge; Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Companies/Organisations: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Northern Ballet Theatre (conductor and rehearsal pianist); Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director); Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor The Nutcracker and Giselle).

Previous Work: Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Carmen, Great Expectations, Madame Butterfly, I Got Rhythm, Beauty & the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata, The Three Musketeers, The Nutcracker for Northern Ballet. Other ballet scores and arrangements include Dorian, La Sylphide, Eugene Onegin, Hansel and Gretel (chamber versions), The Coronation of Poppaea.

Career Highlights: Second Prizewinner, Leeds Conductors’ Competition; editing Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus in the orchestration attributed to Mozart which found in Halifax and televised on BBC 4; producing the NBT CDs of Great Expectations, Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers.

Personal: Enjoys playing the organ for Sunday services at St. Peter’s, Harrogate.