John Elliott, Principal Tuba


Since becoming freelance in 1970 John has worked with most of the British symphony orchestras and several orchestras overseas, including long periods with the Jerusalem Symphony orchestra, The Rotterdam Philharmonic and The San Sebastian Symphony orchestra.

He has also played for the Royal Opera House, ENO, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera & Kent Opera.

His “Modern Music” experience includes large scale works with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Stockhausen’s “Donnerstag” (from “Licht”) for the Royal Opera House, Schnittke’s “Life With An Idiot” for English National Opera and several chamber pieces with Lontano.

He played the Solo Ophicleide part in Berlioz’ “Damnation of Faust” for English National Opera, and gave several performances of Peter Sculthorpe’s “From Ubirr”, playing solo didgeridoo (with the English String Quartet).

Commercial experience includes many jingles, film and T.V. soundtracks.

John played on-stage sousaphone in the original London production of “Barnum”.

John also has an educational group called “Sousafun“, (consisting of a Sousaphone and a Clarinet) which tours schools giving primary school children an introduction to the science of music, together with some musical magic and also performing on instruments made from vegetables!

He is the composer of several published works, and has also produced many arrangements for various combinations of instruments.

He has been a member of the BPO for over 20 years.