Welcome to the website for British conductor James Lowe.

James Lowe’s work as a conductor has ranged over five continents including collaboration with orchestras in the UK and Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra, Finland. Passionately committed to the belief that classical music is for everyone, he balances his conducting schedule with his work to engage new audiences and a long-standing commitment to youth music.

DIARY, Spring 2019


  • 6th-12th Conducting Course alongside Johannes Schlaefli, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 27th Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Karine Polwart and Kris Drever. Celtic Connections, King’s Theatre Glasgow, 19:00



  • 16th Spokane Symphony, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, Spokane WA. 20:00
  • Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

    Zhou Tian — Rise (2018) West Coast Premiere

    Franz Liszt — Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, soloist Haochen Zhang

    Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98

  • Spokane Symphony, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, Spokane WA. 15:00
  • Programme as for February 16th,



  • 9th Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 19:30/li>

    Igor Stravinsky – “The Firebird” Suite, 1919

    Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1, soloist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason

  • 11th-15th Recording with the Preußisches Kammerorchester, Prenzlau
  • 16th Preußisches Kammerorchester, Plenarsaal, Prenzlau 19:30
  • Johan Joachim Agrell – Sinfonia Nr. 3

    Joachim Nicolas Eggert – Fuge D-Dur

    Johan Svendsen – Zwei schwedische Volksmelodien

    Kurt Atterberg – Suite Nr. 3 für Violine, Viola & Streicher, soloists Aiko Ogata and Johanna Hetzler

    Johan Helmich Roman – Suite aus den Drottningholmsmusiken

    Johan Helmich Roman – Suite für Orchester in D-Dur BeRI 6 „Festive Musik“

    Joseph Martin Kraus – Sinfonia cis-Moll



  • 4th Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasa Town Hall, 19:00
  • Armas Järnefelt – Korsholma, Symphonic Poem

    Peteris Vasks – Vox Amoris, soloist Cecilia Zilliacus, violin

    Lotta Wennäkoski – Jong for juggler and orchestra, Sakari Männistö, juggler

    Igor Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite

  • 17th Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasan Kirkko, 19:00 /li>

    Franz Joseph Haydn – Seven Last Words from the Cross (orchestral version, with readings)

  • 25th Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasa Town Hall, 19:00
  • Robert Schumann – Overture, Scherzo and Finale op. 52

    Clara Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 7, soloist Laura Mikkola

    Johannes Brahms – Serenadi Nr.2 in A major, op. 16

  • 30th Vaasa City Orchestra, City Hall, Vaasa, 19:00/li>

    Vappu Concert with Helena Juntunen



  • 18th Meadows Chamber Orchestra, St. Serf’s, Inverlieth Edinburgh 19:45 /li>

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D major K 504 (Prague)

    Tom Aitken – A Pink Chaise Longue

    Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98


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“Where I quite like to be”

I’ve been trying to work out exactly what it is I find so magnetic about Finland. For a start, it’s cold: My freezer is cold, humming away at -18c to keep my pizzas crispy. In one Helsinki winter I’ve stumbled out of Urkki’s [1] into -26c. That really hardens your ice cubes, I can tell you. It’s also dark. Helsinki in midwinter gets less than six hours of sunlight a day. Up in Rovaniemi and points north they get little or none during the winter months. The language is pretty much impenetrable: It glories in fifteen cases, a vocabulary based not on anything Indo-European but on Uralic, from the depths of the Ural Read more >