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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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S/FRAM 1 Sun Music I • Irkanda IV / Sinfonietta — John Hopkins (11) 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 S/FRAM 1 Australia 1965 Sell This Version
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4433, S/4433 The Music Of Percy Grainger — John Hopkins (11) 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 4433, S/4433 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
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RRCS131 Percy Grainger — John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Percy Grainger(LP, Album) Australian Broadcasting Commission RRCS131 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
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SFC-80021 Clouds Now And Then / Homage To Garcia Lorca / Fern Hill / Jingles — John Hopkins (11) 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
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1148 The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 1 — John Hopkins (11) 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, World Record Club 1148 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
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S/5349, S-5349 Symphony No. 3 (The Divine Poem) — John Hopkins (11) Scriabin*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Scriabin*, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - Symphony No. 3 (The Divine Poem)(LP, Album, Club) World Record Club, World Record Club S/5349, S-5349 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
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AC1016 Australian Composers — John Hopkins (11) The Sydney Symphony Orchestra / John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens The Sydney Symphony Orchestra / John Hopkins (11) / Sir Eugene Goossens - Australian Composers (Album) Australian Broadcasting Commission AC1016 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
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R-03074, R 03074 Rites Of Passage - The Chorales — John Hopkins (11) 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, World Record Club R-03074, R 03074 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
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R-03084 The Australian Youth Orchestra — John Hopkins (11) Australian Youth Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Australian Youth Orchestra Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Australian Youth Orchestra (Album) World Record Club R-03084 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
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MHS 3706 Music Of New Zealand Composers — John Hopkins (11) David Farquhar, Douglas Lilburn - NZBC Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11) & Juan Matteucci David Farquhar, Douglas Lilburn - NZBC Symphony Orchestra*, John Hopkins (11) & Juan Matteucci - Music Of New Zealand Composers(LP, RE) Musical Heritage Society MHS 3706 US 1977 Sell This Version
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OASD.7604 Sun Music I II III IV: Orchestral Music of Peter Sculthorpe — John Hopkins (11) 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
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OASD-7608, OASD 7608 The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Vol. 4 — John Hopkins (11) 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. 4(LP, Advance, Album) EMI Records Australia, His Master's Voice OASD-7608, OASD 7608 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
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OASD-7606, OASD 7606 The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Volume Two — John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By John Hopkins (11) - The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger, Volume Two (Album) World Record Club, World Record Club OASD-7606, OASD 7606 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
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VRL1 0252 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 RCA Red Seal VRL1 0252 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
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OASD7607 The Orchestral Works Of Percy Grainger Vol. 3 — John Hopkins (11) 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. 3 (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice OASD7607 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
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VRL 1 0342 Piano Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Major — John Hopkins (11) 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 VRL 1 0342 Australia & New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version
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TRL 020 Invitation To The Dance — John Hopkins (11) 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
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SLS 5249, ASD 4246, ASD 4247 The Music Of Percy Grainger — John Hopkins (11) Percy Grainger, Daniel Adni, Leslie Howard & David Stanhope, Sir Vivian Dunn*, John Hopkins (11), Neville Dilkes Percy Grainger, Daniel Adni, Leslie Howard & David Stanhope, Sir Vivian Dunn*, John Hopkins (11), Neville Dilkes - The Music Of Percy Grainger(2xLP, Album) EMI Records Ltd., His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice SLS 5249, ASD 4246, ASD 4247 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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OASD430000 Orchestral Works Volume Five: The Warriors, English Dance, Fisher's Boarding House, The Power Of Rome And The Christian Heart — John Hopkins (11) 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 OASD430000 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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SLD 64 Mendelssohn And Bruch Violin Concertos — John Hopkins (11) 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
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TC SLD75 Symphony No. 1 / Festival Overture / Suite For Orchestra — John Hopkins (11) 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 (Album) Kiwi TC SLD75 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
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OASD-270403 Southern Cross / Ice Carvings — John Hopkins (11) 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
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7012-2, 8.220452 American Rhapsody — John Hopkins (11) Delius*, Slovak Philharmonic*, John Hopkins (11) Delius*, Slovak Philharmonic*, John Hopkins (11) - American Rhapsody(CD, Album) Records International, HK, Marco Polo 7012-2, 8.220452 1987 Sell This Version
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SLD-86 Drysdale Overture / A Birthday Offering / Prodigal Country — John Hopkins (11) 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
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9310 1338 Paa Vidderne / Spring Morning / Folkeraadet / Appalachia — John Hopkins (11) Frederick Delius / Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) Frederick Delius / Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, John Hopkins (11) - Paa Vidderne / Spring Morning / Folkeraadet / Appalachia(LP, Album) Opus 9310 1338 Czechoslovakia 1989 Sell This Version