John Hopkins (11)

John Hopkins (11)

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John Hopkins OBE AM (19 July 1927 - 30 September 2013) was a British-born Australian conductor.

One of Australia's most esteemed conductors and administrators, British-born John Hopkins OBE AM (19 July 1927 - 30 September 2013) trained as a cellist with Haydn Rogerson at the Royal Manchester College of Music, then studied conducting with Joseph Lewis at the Guildhall School, London, and with Carlo Zecchi at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He became assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra at a young age in 1949, then conductor of the BBC Northern Orchestra in 1952.

Hopkins moved to New Zealand in 1957 where he lead the National Orchestra of New Zealand (later NZSO) as well as the New Zealand Opera Company, and founded the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra. In 1963 he moved to Australia where he soon became recognised as an innovator. As Federal Director of Music for the ABC - a leadership position responsible for the activities of all the then ABC orchestras - he oversaw the most vibrant and prolific period in terms of performances of Australian music new and old. Hopkins initiated a concert series featuring avant-garde works by international composers as well as actively championing the work of Australian artists Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Butterley and Richard Meale. He held the post until 1973.

Hopkins conducted the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, and completed numerous overseas tours to conduct orchestras from Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Japan. Other career highs included becoming the founding Dean of the College of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, and enjoying a six-year tenure as Director of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. John Hopkins was Convenor of Conducting and an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Music at the University of Melbourne. He was awarded the APRA/AMC Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music in 2011.

Hopkins published his memoirs, The point of the baton (written in collaboration with William Cottam), in 2009.
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John Hopkins (11) Discography

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Sculthorpe* / Le Gallienne* / The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Sculthorpe* / Le Gallienne* / The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Sun Music I • Irkanda IV / Sinfonietta (Album) World Record Club Australia 1965 Sell This Version
S-4433 Percy Grainger, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Music Of Percy Grainger(LP, Club) World Record Club S-4433 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
MHS 3706 NZBC Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11) & Juan Matteucci NZBC Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11) & Juan Matteucci - Music Of New Zealand Composers(LP) Musical Heritage Society MHS 3706 US 1973 Sell This Version
Percy Grainger, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 1 (Album) World Record Club Australia 1973 Sell This Version
R 03074 Peter Sculthorpe, John Hopkins (11), Victorian College Of The Arts Orchestra, Melbourne Chorale Peter Sculthorpe, John Hopkins (11), Victorian College Of The Arts Orchestra, Melbourne Chorale - Rites Of Passage - The Chorales(LP, Album, Club) World Record Club R 03074 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
Australian Youth Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Australian Youth Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Australian Youth Orchestra (Album) World Record Club Australia 1976 Sell This Version
R-02976 John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens - The Music Of Sir Eugene Goossens(LP, Club) World Record Club R-02976 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
Tchaikovsky* / Percy Grainger / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / John Hopkins (11) Tchaikovsky* / Percy Grainger / Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / John Hopkins (11) - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Major (Album) RCA Australia & New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
OASD7607 Percy Grainger, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger Vol. III(LP, Album, Ltd, Promo) His Master's Voice OASD7607 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
Gillian Lin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Britten* & Copland* Gillian Lin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Britten* & Copland* - Gillian Lin Plays Piano Concertos By Britten & Copland Chandos UK 1982 Sell This Version
OASD-270403 Barry Conyngham / Roger Woodward, Wanda Wilkomirska, Wilfred Lehmann*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Niklaus Wyss, John Hopkins (11) Barry Conyngham / Roger Woodward, Wanda Wilkomirska, Wilfred Lehmann*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Niklaus Wyss, John Hopkins (11) - Southern Cross / Ice Carvings(LP) EMI Records Australia OASD-270403 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
SLD-75 Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Symphony No. 1 / Festival Overture / Suite For Orchestra(LP) Kiwi SLD-75 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
CHAN 6580 Copland* / Britten* - Gillian Lin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) Copland* / Britten* - Gillian Lin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Piano Concertos(CD) Chandos CHAN 6580 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CCD 1069, 1069 Douglas Lilburn - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) Douglas Lilburn - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) - The Three Symphonies(CD) Continuum, Continuum CCD 1069, 1069 New Zealand 1994 Sell This Version
Percy Grainger, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 2 (Album) World Record Club Australia Unknown Sell This Version
MFP-A9038 Australian Youth Orchestra conducted by John Hopkins (11) Australian Youth Orchestra conducted by John Hopkins (11) - Dvorak: Symphony No 8 In G(LP) Music For Pleasure MFP-A9038 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
SFC-80021 Richard Meale, Raymond Hanson, George Dreyfus, Molly McGurk, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11), Bernard Heinze Richard Meale, Raymond Hanson, George Dreyfus, Molly McGurk, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11), Bernard Heinze - Clouds Now And Then / Homage To Garcia Lorca / Fern Hill / Jingles(LP, Album, Gat) Festival Records SFC-80021 Australia Unknown Sell This Version