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The South African born composer of French Huguenot descent, John Joubert, was born on 20 March 1927 in Cape Town. He studied at Diocesan College in Rondebosch, where his music teacher had been an assistant of Ivor Atkins at Worcester Cathedral. His interest in composition began at the age of fifteen and, graduating from the South African College of Music in 1944, he studied privately with William Henry Bell. In 1946 he won a PRS scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he was taught by Theodore Holland, Howard Ferguson and Alan Bush, and has lived in England ever since.
In 1950 he began his career with a lectureship at Hull University, and his music began quite quickly to get performances, broadcasts and to be published widely. M&V's Basil Ramsey, as composer manager at Novello and Co, began publishing Joubert's compositions.
He continued his academic career as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and reader in music at Birmingham University. In 1986 he took early retirement from Birmingham in order to concentrate on composition, and continued to live and work in Birmingham.
His most popular works are the carols Torches and There is No Rose of Such Virtue, but he wrote more than 160 works, including the opera Jane Eyre and the oratorio Wings of Faith. Commissions include those from the Three Choirs Festival, the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, the BBC and the Royal Philharmonic Society.
John Joubert died in Birmingham on 7 January 2019, aged ninety-one.
Further information: johnjoubert.org.uk
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