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John Longstaff

John Longstaff

John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 

For Northern Ballet he has worked on some twenty full-length productions including: Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Madame Butterfly, I Got Rhythm, Beauty & the Beast, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Musketeers, The Nutcracker, Cleopatra, and most recently The Great Gatsby. He is also the arranger and musical director for Northern Ballet’s children’s ballets Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker. Other ballet scores and arrangements include: Dorian, La Sylphide, Eugene Onegin, Hansel & Gretel (chamber versions) and The Coronation of Poppaea.

John’s career highlights include being Second Prizewinner in the Leeds Conductors’ Competition, editing Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus in the orchestration attributed to Mozart found in Halifax and televised on BBC 4, producing Northern Ballet’s CDs of Great Expectations, A Streetcar Named Desire, Peter Pan and The Three Musketeers and conducting Young Opera Venture’s inaugural tour of The Marriage of Figaro (February/March 2013). He enjoys European holidays and train travel.