John Joubert was born in Cape Town in 1927. Aged 19 he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and has lived and worked in England ever since. Holder of Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Durham and Birmingham, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and Hon Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire his academic posts have included Lecturer in Music at Hull University and Reader in Music at the University of Birmingham.
Joubert’s long composing career encompasses all genres from symphonic, operatic and chamber works to the ever-popular choral miniatures, Torches and There is no rose. Recent works include An English Requiem for the Three Choirs Festival and Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra for Raphael Wallfisch as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Joubert was featured composer at the new music wells 73-13 festival in 2013 and his substantial new St Mark Passion received its first performance at Wells Cathedral on Palm Sunday, 2016. A performance and recording of his opera Jane Eyre took place in October 2016 to great acclaim and along with several other new recordings, is scheduled for release as part of his 90th birthday celebrations in 2017.
This composer has been commissioned to write ORA a work for release in 2018.