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David Lloyd-Jones (Conductor)
David Lloyd-Jones began his professional career in 1959 on the music staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was soon much in demand as a freelance conductor for orchestral and choral concerts, operas, BBC broadcasts and TV opera productions.
He has appeared at the Royal Opera House (Boris Godunov with both Christoff and Ghaiurov), Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and the Wexford, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Leeds festivals and with the major British orchestras.
In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Music Director to Sir Charles Mackerras at English National Opera and during his time there conducted an extensive repertory which included the British stage premiere of Prokofiev's War and Peace.
In 1978 David Lloyd-Jones was invited by the Arts Council of Great Britain to found a new full-time opera company in the north of England. He was appointed Artistic Director of Opera North, the highly successful Leeds-based company; this also included the formation of a new orchestra of symphonic strength, the English Northern Philharmonia. During his 12 seasons with Opera North he conducted 50 different productions including rare revivals of Prince Igor, The Trojans and The Midsummer Marriage (Tippett), and the British premieres of Strauss's Daphne and Krenek's Jonny spielt auf. He also conducted numerous orchestral and choral concerts, and took the company to festivals in Germany and France.
In recent years he has appeared abroad increasingly, conducting concerts and operas throughout Central Europe and in Scandinavia, Russia, Bulgaria, Israel, Australia and North and South America.
Lloyd-Jones is an acknowledged expert in music by British and Russian composers. He has been Music Director of the Bradford Festival Choral Society and is a member of the Council of the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1986 he was made an honorary Doctor of Music of the University of Leeds and in 2007 was given the rare distinction of being made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.