BBC Music Magazine award

John’s recording of piano concertante works by three of Britain’s greatest female composers, featuring Rebeca Omordia and Martin Jones with the BBC Concert Orchestra has won the ‘Premiere ‘ category in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2024.

Lampe, The Dragon of Wantley

Following the success of ‘The Dancing Master’, ‘The Dragon of Wantley’ for Resonus Classics has won the BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Best Opera Recording’, 2023. 


Winner: ‘resiscovery of the year’

John’s recording of Ethel Smyth’s opera ‘Der Wald, with a fantastic team soloists, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers has won ‘Rediscovery of the Year, 2023’ from Presto Music.



In 2024 John recorded a disc of large-scale symphonic music by Grace Williams with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be released in Autumn 2024; He also conducted a fabulous cast wit the Orchestra of Scottish Opera in the world-premiere recording of Marjorie Kennedy-Fraser and Granville Bantock’s Hebridean chamber opera ‘The Seal Woman, due for release in early 2025.

Releases in 2024

Following the release of ‘La Belle Dame’ on EM Records with Roderick Williams and the BBC Concert Orchestra, John’s recording of Poulenc’s early works for voice and chamber orchestra featuring Soraya Mafi, Julien van Mellaerts and Lawrence Zazzo is released in April 2024 on Resonus Classics, followed in June by the Orchestral Songs of C.V. Stanford with Morgan Pearse, Sharon Carty and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

opera Holland Park

In July, 2024, John will return to Opera Holland Park to conduct the revival of the Opera Awards-nominated production of Wolf-Ferrari’s ‘il segreto di Susanna’ with the original cast and the City of London Sinfonia.

BBC Concert ORChestra at West GreeN HOUSE

On July 19th, 2024 John will be reunited with old friends Nicky Spence, Soraya Mafi and the BBC Concert Orchestra in a gala concert on the lake, broadcast on Radio 3, featuring music from Handel through to Bernstein.


John’s Recording of Debbie Wiseman’s ‘The Music of Kings and Queens’ with The National Symphony Orchestra has reached the Classic FM Hall of Fame for the second year. 


Arnold, The Dancing Master

John’s recording of Malcolm Arnold’s ‘The Dancing Master’ on Resonus Classics has won the BBC Music Magazine Best Opera Recording 2021. It was also editor’s choice in Gramophone Magazine, Disc of the Week in the Sunday Times, The Telegraph and WRD-Radio.



All information is subject to change. Follow John on twitter @JKAConductor for up to date news.