John Connell

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John Connell. (1891-1955) Organist and Director of music for the Johannesburg City Council. Johannesburg’s first City Organist since 1916. A noted musical director in later years.

He helped found the Johannesburg Philharmonic Society, and the Johannesburg Operatic and Dramatic Society (JODS**??). He presented seasons of up to eight operas in the City Hall in the 1940’s. He was invited by African Theatres in 1941 to present his operas, such as Tosca, at the Empire Theatre. Also campaigned seriously for the establishment of a state sponsored national theatre and performing arts sponsorship, along with P.P.B. Breytenbach, Myles Bourke and others. Retired in 1950.

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