Conductor & Lies Askonas Fellow

John Warner

Founder & Artistic Director, Orchestra for the Earth
Chief Conductor, Central London Orchestra


John Warner is Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra for the Earth, Chief Conductor of Central London Orchestra, and regularly assists world-class conductors such as Daniel Harding. His pioneering work with Orchestra for the Earth takes him across Europe for a wide variety of concerts that bring together music and nature, collaborating with leading environmental artists, scientists and charities. Together they have played at festivals such as the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Gustav Mahler Musikwochen Toblach and the Gustav Mahler Festival Steinbach am Attersee, where they have set up a new nature reserve in Mahler’s name.

2020 saw invitations to conduct at King’s Place, Het Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival in Amsterdam, British Youth Opera, the Waterloo Festival and St Endellion Festival. Other recent highlights have included the BBC Philharmonic, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John’s. He has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop and was a Britten Pears Young Artist 2020.

Equally at home in the operatic repertoire, this summer he will conduct a production of Die Zauberflöte as Music Director of Oxford Opera, and has been working with Anthony Negus at Longborough Festival Opera on their productions of Die Fliegende Holländer and Der Ring des Nibelungen. He has also conducted Wagner in concert, including a recent semi-staged production of excerpts from Tristan with professional orchestra and singers.

For more information, please contact Henry Lindsay. 

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    29 Aug 19 Beach: Cabildo Grimeborne Opera
    Arcola Theatre, London

    “Musical director John Warner revelled in the drama of the ferociously difficult piano part, wrestling huge, Tristan-esque climaxes from the Arcola’s upright.”
    Flora Willson, The Guardian, 1 September 2019

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    30 Jul 18 Smyth: The Boatswain's Mate Grimeborne Opera
    Arcola Theatre, London

    “John Warner, leading the accompaniment from the piano, delivers Smyth’s score (in a piano trio) with exceptional care and skill […] Disarming, surprising and brilliant.”
    Charlotte Valori, Operissima, 31 July 2018

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    09 Jul 17 Mahler Symphony No. 9 Orchestra for the Earth

    “The orchestra played with passion, verve, and musicality conducted by exacting and mesmerising conductor John Warner. It remained in my mind as one of the high points in the festival but also as a conductor and orchestra to follow.”
    Marina Mahler, July 2017

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    12 Jun 17 Mahler Symphony No. 9 Oxford Philharmonic
    SJE Arts, Oxford

    “I detected a marked degree of respect and affection towards him from his players suggestive of, among other virtues, a collaborative approach.”

    “By now it was evident that Mr Warner would not be making of himself the focal point of the performance. His movements were restrained and precise, every one of them in the service of Mahler’s score.”
    Andrew Bell, Daily Information, June 2017

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    18 Feb 18 Mahler Symphony No. 6 St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra
    Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

    “What was abundantly clear, even from the balcony, however, was how well Warner knew and loved the score, and how firmly the orchestra trusted in his interpretation and authority in this performance.”

    “This magnificent pacing of the Andante was no doubt achieved because of the musical sensitivity and vision of conductor John Warner, who gracefully guided the ensemble through this luscious movement.”
    Hannah Schneider, Oxford Culture Review, 24 March 2017

    “The most viscerally exciting I have ever heard.”
    Peter Franklin, (author of Life of Mahler), February 2017

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    29 Oct 16 Shostakovich, Elgar, Strauss St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra
    St Peter's College, Oxford

    “Conductor John Warner demonstrated impressive control of tempi and dynamics in Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen, imbuing this slowly developing work with a clear sense of shape and direction.”
    Emma Brown, Oxford Culture Review, 5 November 2016