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Conductor, Music Educator, Arranger, Orchestrator

based in Sheffield.

‘The orchestra plays with tremendous panache under the baton of John Lyon…whose impeccable judgement of tempo maintained the pace and flow of the production’

- Ilkley Gazette

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About Me

I am a conductor, music educator, and arranger/orchestrator based in Sheffield, currently serving as the principal conductor for Leeds Symphony Orchestra and work frequently as a freelance conductor of the symphonic and operatic repertoires. I am a highly driven educator working for Sheffield City Council's wonderful Music Hub, and an active freelance violinist, choral singer, and arranger/orchestrator. 


My practice across all the disciplines I work in is fundamentally driven by exploring relationships between people and forging positive connections. I hold empathy and curiosity at the very top of the list of my leadership responsibilities and constantly seek to refine my creative and pedagogical processes. The insights that come from working with children and young people are revelatory in my work with advanced adult musicians and vice versa.

I strongly believe that a conductor should strive to make music-making about those who are making the music.

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March 25th - Music for a Spring Afternoon - West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra - The Old Woolen, Farsley.

March 11th - "Behold, the Sea" - Leeds Symphony Orchestra, Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies - St Margaret's Church, Ilkley.

March 4th - "Behold, the Sea" - Leeds Symphony Orchestra, Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies - St Chad's Church, Far Headingley.

January 21st - Leeds Symphony Orchestra annual Children's Concert - Horsforth School.

Past Events

Repertoire

Bax

  • Tintagel

Beethoven

  • Coriolan Overture

  • Egmont Overture

  • Symphony no. 1

  • Symphony no. 3

  • Symphony no. 4

  • Symphony no. 5

  • Symphony no. 6

  • Symphony no. 7

  • Symphony no. 8

Berlioz

  • Benvenuto Cellini Overture

  • Roman Carnival Overture

Brahms

  • Symphony no. 1

  • Symphony no. 4

Bridge

  • Suite for String Orchestra

Britten

  • Matinées Musicales

  • Variations on a theme by Bridge

Coleridge Taylor

  • Christmas Overture

Carter

  • Benedicite

  • Musick's Jubilee

Debussy

  • Fêtes from 3 Nocturnes

  • Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Delius

  • La Calinda

Dvořák 

  • Carnival Overture

  • Serenade for Strings

  • Slavonic Dances op. 46

  • Symphony no.8

  • Symphony no.9

  • The Noon Witch

  • The Water Goblin

Elgar 

  • Chanson de Matin

  • Chanson de Nuit

  • Enigma Variations

  • In the South

  • Pomp and Circumstance March no.1

  • Pomp and Circumstance March no.4

  • Serenade for Strings

  • Symphony No.1

Grieg

  • Holberg Suite

Holst

  • St Paul’s Suite

  • The Planets

Haydn

  • Symphony no. 49

  • Symphony no. 78

  • Symphony no. 100

  • Symphony no. 101

  • Symphony no. 104

Humperdinck

  • Hansel und Gretel Overture

Janáček

  • Sinfonietta

Liszt

  • Les Préludes

MacCunn

  • The Land of the Mountain and the Flood

Matthias

  • Serenade

Mendelssohn

  • The Hebrides

  • Symphony No. 3

  • Symphony No. 4

Mozart

  • Overture to Così fan tutte

  • Divertimenti

  • Ballet Music from Idomeneo

  • Requiem

  • Symphony no.25

  • Symphony no.33

  • Symphony no.35

  • Symphony no.36

  • Symphony no.39

  • Symphony no.40

  • Symphony no.41

Price

  • Symphony No.3

Prokofiev

  • Peter and the Wolf

  • Symphony No.1 ‘Classical’

  • ‘Troika’ from Lieutenant Kijé

Rachmaninov

  • Symphony no.1

  • Symphony no.2

  • Symphonic Dances

Ravel

  • Mother Goose Suite

Respighi

  • Fontane di Roma

  • Pini di Roma

Rimsky Korsakov

  • Christmas Eve Polonaise

Saint-Saëns

  • Le Carnaval des animaux

Schubert

  • Mass in G

  • Symphony no.4

  • Symphony no.5

  • Symphony no.8 ‘Unfinished’

Schumann

  • Symphony no. 3 ‘Rhenish’

Shostakovich

  • Suite for Variety Orchestra

  • Symphony no.5

  • Symphony no.10

Smetana

  • Má vlast

Stravinsky

  • Firebird Suite (1919)

  • Pulcinella Suite

Suk

  • Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky

  • Capriccio Italien

  • The Nutcracker Suite

  • ‘Pas de deux’ from The Nutcracker

  • Serenade for Strings

  • Symphony no.1

  • Symphony no.6

Tomlinson

  • First Suite of English Folk Songs

Vaughan Williams

  • Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

  • Symphony no.1 A Sea Symphony

Verdi

  • La Forza del Destino Overture

Wagner

  • Prelude and Liebestod, Tristan und Isolde

  • Siegfried Idyll

  • Tannhäuser Overture

Walton

  • Orb and Sceptre

  • Selections from Henry V

Warlock

  • Capriol Suite

Weber

  • Euryanthe Overture

Wranitzky

  • Symphony in D major Op. 25 ‘La Chasse’

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