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) - Sun Music I • Irkanda IV / Sinfonietta album art 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
John Hopkins (11) - The Music Of Percy Grainger album art 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 (Album) World Record Club, World Record Club Australia 1968 Sell This Version
SFC-80021 John Hopkins (11) - Clouds Now And Then / Homage To Garcia Lorca / Fern Hill / Jingles album art 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 1972 Sell This Version
John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 1 album art 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
MHS 3706 John Hopkins (11) - Music Of New Zealand Composers album art 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
R-02976 John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens - The Music Of Sir Eugene Goossens(LP, Album, Club) World Record Club R-02976 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
R 03074 John Hopkins (11) - Rites Of Passage - The Chorales album art 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
John Hopkins (11) - The Australian Youth Orchestra album art 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
OASD.7604 John Hopkins (11) - Sun Music I II III IV: Orchestral Music of Peter Sculthorpe album art Peter Sculthorpe, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) Peter Sculthorpe, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Sun Music I II III IV: Orchestral Music of Peter Sculthorpe(LP) His Master's Voice OASD.7604 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
John Hopkins (11) - Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Major album art 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 John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger Vol. III album art 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
TRL 020 John Hopkins (11) - Invitation To The Dance album art New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Invitation To The Dance(LP, Album) Tartar TRL 020 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
John Hopkins (11) - Gillian Lin Plays Piano Concertos By Britten & Copland album art 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
OAS .430000 John Hopkins (11) - Orchestral Works Volume Five: The Warriors, English Dance, Fisher's Boarding House, The Power Of Rome And The Christian Heart album art Percy Grainger, John Hopkins (11), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Percy Grainger, John Hopkins (11), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Orchestral Works Volume Five: The Warriors, English Dance, Fisher's Boarding House, The Power Of Rome And The Christian Heart(LP, Album) His Master's Voice OAS .430000 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
SLD 64 John Hopkins (11) - Mendelssohn And Bruch Violin Concertos album art Vincent Aspey With National Orchestra Of New Zealand* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Vincent Aspey With National Orchestra Of New Zealand* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Mendelssohn And Bruch Violin Concertos(LP) Kiwi SLD 64 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
OASD-270403 John Hopkins (11) - Southern Cross / Ice Carvings album art 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) His Master's Voice OASD-270403 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
SLD-75 John Hopkins (11) - Symphony No. 1 / Festival Overture / Suite For Orchestra album art 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
SLD-86 John Hopkins (11) - Drysdale Overture / A Birthday Offering / Prodigal Country album art Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra*, David Griffiths (7), Orpheus Choir Of Wellington, Sir Charles Groves, John Hopkins (11) Lilburn*, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra*, David Griffiths (7), Orpheus Choir Of Wellington, Sir Charles Groves, John Hopkins (11) - Drysdale Overture / A Birthday Offering / Prodigal Country(LP) Kiwi SLD-86 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
CHAN 6580 John Hopkins (11) - Piano Concertos album art 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 John Hopkins (11) - The Three Symphonies album art Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) Douglas LilburnNew Zealand Symphony Orchestra* / John Hopkins (11) - The Three Symphonies(CD) Continuum, Continuum CCD 1069, 1069 New Zealand 1994 Sell This Version
John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 2 album art 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 John Hopkins (11) - Dvorak: Symphony No 8 In G album art 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

Compilations

John Hopkins (11) - Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 • Stokowski Conducts Percy Grainger Favourites album art Grieg*, Percy Grainger, Sydney Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11), Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra Grieg*, Percy Grainger, Sydney Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11), Leopold Stokowski And His Symphony Orchestra - Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 • Stokowski Conducts Percy Grainger Favourites (Comp) RCA Red Seal UK 1978 Sell This Version