David Lloyd-Jones

David Lloyd-Jones

David Lloyd-Jones

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David Matthias Lloyd-Jones (born 19 November 1934) is a British conductor who has specialised in British and Russian music. He is also an editor and translator, especially of Russian operas.


Lloyd-Jones was born in London. Before World War II, his family was evacuated and moved to West Wales to live on a farm. There he had no contact with classical music until the age of nine, when he studied Mozart in school. On his 10th birthday, his father took him to his first orchestral concert, at the Royal Albert Hall, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He quickly developed a love of British music, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, and also of Russian music.Anderson, Colin. Fanfare Magazine, January/February 2006 He later attended Magdalen College, Oxford.

Early career and Sadlers Wells

Lloyd-Jones began his career in 1959 as a répétiteur at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He made his professional conducting debut in 1961 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the New Opera Company from 1961 to 1964. He continued to build his reputation as a freelance conductor for orchestral and choral concerts. He also conducted for BBC broadcasts and TV studio opera productions.

In 1972 he was appointed Assistant Music Director at Sadlers Wells Opera (now English National Opera), where he conducted a wide repertory which included the first British staging of War and Peace by Sergei......
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