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 also holds an honorary Doctorate in Arts from Edge Hill University.
As a musical supervisor his credits include: THE PRODUCERS (UK Tour); THE KING AND I (UK Tour); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (25th Anniversary UK and US Tours); JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (World Arena Tour & DVD); LES MISERABLES (Korea) and MISS SAIGON (London, International cinema release & DVD). As a musical director his West End credits include: BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED (Lyric); THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Novello); THE KING AND I (Palladium); THE LAST EMPRESS (Apollo, Hammersmith); MARGUERITE (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); LES MISÉRABLES (Palace and Queens); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Her Majesty’s); PETER PAN (Savoy); THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Savoy); THE PRODUCERS (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and SINATRA (Palladium). Additionally, he was musical director for the German productions of MISS SAIGON (Stuttgart) and STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Bochum). He is currently the musical supervisor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL playing at the New London Theatre.
In opera he has 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 and Philharmonia Orchestras, as well as CAROUSEL for Opera North. Most recently he conducted the critically acclaimed production of DIE FLEDERMAUS for Opera Holland Park, London.
The numerous orchestras he has worked with in concert include: the Berliner Symphoniker, City of London Sinfonia, CBSO, Dublin Concert Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the orchestras of both Welsh National Opera and Opera North. Future plans include conducting a return season of CLASSICAL SPECTAUCULAR at the Royal Albert Hall, MADAMA BUTTERFLY in Dublin, a JOHANN STRAUSS GALA throughout the UK, Ireland and Istanbul and a return to the West End to conduct AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Dominion Theatre.
Photos by Matthew Murphy