James Lockhart

James Lockhart is a Scottish conductor, organist, and pianist. Early in his career he served as choir master and organist at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, St. John the Divine in Kennington, and All Souls in Langham Place. In the mid-1950s he became an apprentice conductor with the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra. During the rest of the decade he conducted in German opera houses, such as the Münster Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, and the Munich Opera, and worked in England at Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. From 1962 to 1972 Lockhart was professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music, and from 1986 to 1993, he was the college's director of opera. After 1993, Lockhart was the director of the London Royal Schools' vocal faculty. As a pianist, Lockhart frequently appeared as accompanist to Welsh soprano Margaret Price in her lieder recitals. Lockhart has recorded with the Sadler's Wells Orchestra on HMV, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on their own label, and the English Chamber Orchestra on EMI.

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