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60 seconds interview with... John Pryce-Jones

In a nutshell describe your job and how you got into it.

I am the Music Director at Northern Ballet. I started conducting choral groups whilst at school and then developed this and orchestral conducting at University. This led to a career in Opera until 1992 when I joined Northern Ballet

Where can you be found when you’re not at Northern Ballet?

Artistic Director of Halifax Choral Society and Northern Orchestral Enterprises (incorporating Yorkshire Youth Choir), and freelance orchestral conducting around the UK.

What has been the highlight of your career with Northern Ballet so far?

The Great Gatsby and I Got Rhythm

Which is your favourite Northern Ballet production and why?

I love all of them

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Woody Allen

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

I can’t remember

What scares you?

Not a lot

What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?


What do you want to do before you die?

Conduct more operas of Verdi

It’s your dream dinner party, which six people (dead or alive) would you invite?

Arturo Toscanini, Ken Dodd, Janet Baker, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Nelson Mandela and Beethoven

Describe yourself in three words?

Opinionated, energetic, amusing

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Try to be kind

What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

Sorting out my knees

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