Traill, Dr John


John Traill

Director of Music
Supernumerary Fellow

John Traill is a prominent conductor, composer, and educator. He values musical endeavours at all levels and he fervently promotes music for all, with a particular focus in higher education. As Director of Music at St. Anne’s, John co-ordinates music across the breadth of the academic community. With twenty years experience combining freelance performance with academic positions at leading UK conservatoires and universities, John is currently also director of the Oxford Conducting Institute, the St Anne’s Camerata, Ensemble ISIS (the new music group at Oxford Faculty of Music), the City of Southampton Orchestra, and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.  Previous academic positions include acting Head of Performance at Bangor University, Teaching Fellow positions at Royal Holloway and King’s College, University of London, and lectureships at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Bristol University.

Research interests

History of orchestration
History of conducting
Orchestral performance post-1750
Performance of new music


Recent performances include:

Ensemble ISIS & Richard Causton
The Faculty’s New Music Orchestra, Ensemble ISIS, perform the works by living British composer Richard Causton, alongside works by student composers.
07th February 2020, Holywell Music Room, Oxford

OP Oxford Beethoven Festival
Oxford City Youth Orchestra perform the winning piece from the Oxford Philharmonic young composer competition and Beethoven's Romance in F
25th January 2020, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

More details and audio clips here.


Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Symphony Orchestra, 2016

Concerto for Trumpet (doubling Flugelhorn) and Orchestra, 2016

Memento, for chamber ensemble (fl. cl. vln. vlc. pf), 2014

More details and audio clips here.