Life & Music
Born in Cape Town in 1927, John Joubert’s compositional career now stretches over 70 years. His catalogue includes over 180 opus numbers, ranging from operas, major orchestral works, concertos for oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and piano, chamber and instrumental music, through to short carols and anthems and a series of major choral-orchestral pieces that place him at the forefront of composers of the generation after Britten and Tippett.
90th Birthday Celebrations
“The tears in our eyes at the end of this professional premiere of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre were quickened not only by the ravishing music of Jane and Rochester’s reconciliation, but also by the sheer emotional importance of the occasion.“
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post
As part of John’s 90th birthday celebrations, four new recordings of his music are now available:
It was on 12 April 1956 that Russian-born pianist Iso Elinson invited John to write him a Piano Concerto. Completed in the summer of 1958, the resulting score is dedicated to Elinson, who gave the first performance of the work with the Hallé Orchestra under George Weldon on 11 January 1959 in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In keeping with Joubert’s instinctively symphonic approach to large-scale forms, the concerto is more of a sinfonia concertante than a bravura vehicle for pianistic display.
Wells Cathedral Choir with its director, Matthew Owens, presents a new recording of recent choral works from John Joubert. Featuring works commissioned for and first performed by the cathedral choir at Wells, this programme has at its heart the extended St Mark Passion, a profound and heartfelt retelling of the well-known passion story. Completing the album are the expansive Missa Wellensis and Joubert’s vivid and powerful setting of Locus iste.
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JANE EYRE is the world première of his 2-act opera recorded live in a critically acclaimed concert performance in October last year. Featuring April Fredrick, David Stout, Mark Milhofer and Gwion Thomas with Kenneth Woods conducting the English Symphony Orchestra.
Explore John’s choral and organ works published with Novello