Welcome to the website for British conductor James Lowe.

James Lowe’s work as a conductor has ranged over four continents including collaboration with orchestras in the UK and Europe, Japan and the USA. James is Chief Conductor of both the Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Germany, and 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 2018


  • 11th Vaasa Opera: Mozartin tunnetusta Requiemista uniikki versio Vaasan Oopperaviikoille 2018, Vaasan kirkko, 20:00
  • 12th Vaasa Opera: Mozartin tunnetusta Requiemista uniikki versio Vaasan Oopperaviikoille 2018, Vaasan kirkko, 20:00
  • 15th Panelist, Scottish New Music Awards, Glasgow
  • 20th Preußisches Kammerorchester: Orchesterball
  • 25th Vaasa City Orchestra with Seinäjoki Sinfonia, City Hall Vaasa, 19:00
  • Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dance, op.46, B.83, No. 1 in C major: Presto

    Robert Schumann – Symphony No.1, op.38, B-flat major (Spring)

    Antonín Dvořák -Concerto, Violoncello, op.104, B.191, B minor (Jan-Erik Gustaffson, cello)



  • 1st Vaasa City Orchestra, City Hall Vaasa, 19:00:
  • Antonio Sallieri – Sinfonia “Il giorno onomastico”

    Markku Lindfors – “Moments in Life” (Anton Ylikallio, piano)

    Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.4, op.90, A major (Italian)

  • 8th Vaasa City Orchestra, Vaasa City Hall, 19:00
  • Young Soloists Concert

  • 16th Preußisches Kammerorchester, Plenaarsaal, Prenzlau 19:30
  • Joseph Haydn – Sinfonie Nr. 6 D-Dur Hob. I:6 „Le matin“

    Ottorino Respighi – Il Tramonto, Lyrisches Poemetto für Mezzosopran und Streichorchester (Peggy Steiner, Mezzosopran)

    Igor Strawinsky – Dumbarton Oaks (Concerto in Es)

    Joseph Haydn – Sinfonie Nr. 8 G-Dur Hob. I:8 „Le soir“

  • 23rd Preußisches Kammerorchester, Unterhaltungskonzert „Orient Express“, Plenaarsaal, Prenzlau 19:30



  • 1st Rarescale Ensemble, St.James’s Sussex Gardens, London W2, 19:30
  • Works by Haydn,Stravinksy and Oliver Searle

  • 6th Adjudicator, West of Scotland Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, City Halls Glasgow, 19:30
  • 8th Scottish Awards for New Music, Glasgow
  • 16th Preußisches Kammerorchester, Plenaarsaal, Prenzlau 19:30
  • Josef Suk – Meditation über den altböhmischen Choral “St. Wenzeslaus“ op. 35a

    Edward Elgar – Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester e-Moll op. 85 Fassung für Streichorchester (Bálint Gergely, cello)

    Marin Goleminov – Trois piéces de „Cinq Esquisses”

    Peter Tschaikowski – Serenade für Streichorchester C-Dur op. 48

  • 17th – 24th Conducting Masterclass with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli and James Lowe, Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
  • 29th City of Vaasa Orchestra and Psallite Chamber Choir, Easter Concert, Korsholm Church, 19:30
  • Mozart – Mass in C minor, K427



  • 7th Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, RSNO Centre Glasgow, 19:30
  • Richard Wagner – Good Friday Music from Parsifal

    Carlo Maria von Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 74, J. 118 (Julian Bliss, clarinet)

    John Pickard – The Flight of Icarus

    Manuel de Falla – Three Cornered Hat suites 1 and 2

  • 8th Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh 19:30/li>

    Programme as per 7th April

  • 13th Preußisches Kammerorchester, Plenaarsaal, Prenzlau 19:30
  • Luigi Boccherini – Sinfonie A-Dur op. 12 Nr. 6 „La casa del Diavolo“

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Konzert für Flöte und Orchester D-Dur KV 314 (Aaron Dan, Querflöte)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonie Nr. 29 A-Dur KV 201

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

    Antonín Dvořák – Legends 1-5, Op. 59,

    Julius Röntgen – Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 3 in F sharp minor (Cecilia Zilliacus, violin)

    Edward Elgar – Dream Children, op.43

    Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin



  • 1st to 31st Australia
  • 25th Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 in E♭ major, Op. 73,”Emperor Concerto”

    Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Op. 35


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