John Rigby studied orchestral conducting at the University of Huddersfield and the Royal Northern College of Music. He holds MMus in Musicology from King’s College London where he is currently reading for his PhD.
He began his career in musical theatre and has been musical director for a long list of prestigious productions. In Germany, he was musical director for Miss Saigon at the Musical Hall, Stuttgart and Starlight Express at the Starlighthalle, Bochum. West End credits include: Beautiful and Damned at the Lyric Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone at the Novello; The King and I and Sinatra at the London Palladium; The Last Empress at the Apollo, Hammersmith; Marguerite at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre; The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre; Peter Pan and The Pirates of Penzance at the Savoy Theatre; The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
As musical supervisor, he worked on the UK Tours of The Producers with Peter Kay and Joe Pasquale; The King and I; The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Poor Soldier for the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds; Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Tour of The Phantom of the Opera in both the UK and the USA and the arena world tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Tim Minchin and Melanie C. Most recently he was musical supervisor for the Korean production of Les Misérables in both Daegu and Seoul and he is currently musical supervisor for the new production of Miss Saigon at London’s Prince Edward Theatre.
In Opera he conducted Judith Weir’s The Black Spider for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Carmen Jones at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as Carousel for Opera North.
The numerous orchestras he has worked with in concert include: the Berliner Symphoniker, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin Concert Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the Manchester Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Concert Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Orchestra of Opera North in a wide and varied repertoire at major venues throughout the UK and Europe. His recordings and broadcasts include: the original London cast DVD of Beautiful and Damned; the original London cast albums of The Last Empress and Marguerite; and The Best of Classical Spectacular Volume 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the Gala reopening of Potsdammer Platz in Berlin; Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night; as well as supervising the recent DVD of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Upcoming projects include Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, return concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall, giving a paper at a conference for the Royal Musical Association and receiving an honorary Doctor of Arts from Edge Hill University.