Torches : Work information
- John (Pierre Herman) Joubert ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- Frances Kelly (Harp), Choir of New College Oxford, Edward Higginbottom (Conductor)
- Work name
- Work number
- Op. 7a
- 1952-00-00 02:00:00
- John Hadden
- John Hadden
- Recording date
- 1991-12-20 00:00:00
John (Pierre Herman) Joubert
Although John Joubert has written symphonies and operas, and has been an academic lecturer in music, he is best known for his contributions to the Anglican choral tradition. Specifically, his carols, There is no Rose and Torches, have become staple elements in the Christmas repertories of cathedrals and other choral foundations.
Born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa (b. 20 March 1927), Joubert came to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. His reputation was established in 1952 when he won the Novello anthem competition with O Lorde, the Maker of Al Thing, and commissions soon began to flood in. In addition to small-scale choral works, he has also composed works for chorus and orchestra included The Raising of Lazarus (1970).
Joubert's orchestral works include the Symphony No. 2 of 1971, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and his operas range from the radio opera Antigone of 1954 to the powerful Under Western Eyes (1968). Joubert has also written three youth operas, including 1973's The Prisoner.
Joubert's style has absorbed the influences of Walton and Britten, and is fundamentally British. His orchestral work Déploration (1978) is dedicated to the memory of Britten and the moving Tempus perdu (1984) also betrays a similar influence. As an educator, Joubert has lectured at Hull and Birmingham universities, and in 1991 was awarded an honorary DMus degree from Durham University.