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Papers of John Hopkins, approximately 1950-2013
Bib ID 7202615
Format ManuscriptManuscript [text, volume]
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Hopkins, John, 1927-2013
 
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Description [between approximately 1950 and 2013] 
2.7 m (9 boxes) + 3 medium folio boxes. 
Summary

Papers relating to conductor and musicologist John Raymond Hopkins AM OBE, including correspondence; press clippings; scores; personal diaries; Victoria College of the Arts teaching programs; personal reflections on the music industry in Australia; and a school report.

Biography/History

British-born conductor and musicologist John Raymond Hopkins was born in Yorkshire in 1927. In 1949 he became assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, and in 1952 he was appointed conductor of the BBC Northern Orchestra. He moved to New Zealand in 1957 to succeed James Robertson as conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. During this time he founded the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra. Hopkins arrived in Australia in 1963 to become Federal Director of Music for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, a job he held for ten years. While at the ABC he brought the music of Australian composers such as Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Butterley and Richard Meale to national attention, commissioning 23 new Australian works for the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973, and premiering Sculthorpe’s opera Rites of Passage in 1974. He left the ABC in 1974 to become the inaugural Dean of the School of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts. Hopkins went on to become Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1986-1991. During his later years he was Professor of Conducting at the University of Melbourne and was still guest conducting with community and youth orchestras up until his death in 2013.

Notes

Manuscript reference number: MS 10271.

Related Material John Hopkins interviewed by David Pear; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5308. 
Subjects Hopkins, John, 1927-2013 -- Archives.  |  Conductors (Music) -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Musicologists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Arts administrators -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Music teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Orchestral music -- Australia.  |  Music -- Instruction and study -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1950-2013 
Occupation Conductors.  |  Musicologists.  |  Academics.
Terms of Use Copying of John Hopkins' copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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