John Bradbury


John Bradbury, Leader of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, is a Fellow of the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied with four eminent violinists : the concerto soloists Endre Wolf,  Manoug Parikian and Georgy Pauk, and finally with Alexandre Moskowsky of the Hungarian String Quartet.

Within a year of leaving College he was appointed Leader of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra which was then conducted by Gilbert Vinter. During this time he embarked upon the first of many broadcast recitals with his wife, the pianist Eira West, and also performed a wide range of solos with the orchestra.

He then transferred to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as their Leader combining duo, trio and quartet recitals with numerous concerto and solo performances before moving to London to lead the BBC Concert Orchestra. The ensuing seven years of BBC broadcasting ensured that the name John Bradbury was so well-known that he was able to turn free-lance, and this has led to a wealth of diverse opportunities that would not otherwise have been possible.

In addition to guest leading for all the major London Symphony Orchestras John’s busy free-lance schedule has encompassed a great deal of commercial studio work including leading for all the James Bond movie sound tracks made since 1998. He was the founder leader of the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra under the baton of Henry Mancini, and has toured extensively as leader for Dame Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson and Andreas Bocelli. Equally fascinating was a year as Leader of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre, London.  More recently John was engaged by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  to lead the ‘Star Wars in Concert’ tours of America and Europe.

His ten year appointment in 1986 as Director of Johann Strauss Gala performances for Raymond Gubbay Ltd was especially rewarding, and John’s expertise in this multi-talented form of entertainment is now well-known through the many exciting and highly acclaimed concerts he has presented throughout the UK and abroad. Besides regular appearances as Leader of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, John has conducted a number of concerts in the Dome, and has performed many exciting violin solos including works by Ysaye, Paganini, Kreisler, Tschaikowsky, Mozart, Bruch, Vivaldi and Saint-Saens.

John kindly shared memories of his musical inspiration, career and life away from the Brighton Philharmonic in a series of articles for the Friends of the Phil newsletter, which can be found via the links below:

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You can also access a radio interview with John from 17 October 2017 here:

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