Speakers Profile - John Foreman, OAM

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John Foreman is a producer, conductor, pianist, musical director and composer.

John started tickling Bert Newton’s ivories on Good Morning Australia when he was 19. Twelve years and more than three thousand musical performances later, John joined Australian Idol as musical director in 2003. John produced many albums and singles for Idol artists, including Guy Sebastian’s Climb Every Mountain and Anthony Callea’s multi-platinum single, The Prayer, which became the highest and fastest selling Australian single. John has also produced recordings for Marcia Hines, Greta Bradman, Ricki-Lee and Silvie Paladino. His own album, No Jivin’ released in the early nineties, was nominated for both an APRA and ARIA-award. John produced Anthony Callea’s 2017 album, ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony, orchestrating for and conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

John is musical director for Nine’s Carols by Candlelight® and the TV Week Logie Awards. He hosted The Big Night In with John Foreman, and a Ten Network special, John Foreman Presents Burt Bacharach. John was MD for the Oprah Winfrey Show Australian finalé, broadcast worldwide from the Sydney Opera House.

John was musical director for The Boy From Oz (2010 – 2011, State Theatre Melbourne and Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Starring Todd McKenney) and was MD for The Production Company’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hello, Dolly!, Sweet Charity and the company’s first production of Anything Goes.

John has also worked with Hugh Jackman, Chris Isaak, Reba McEntire, Joe Williams, James Galway, Shirley Bassey and Olivia Newton John.

John wrote The Flame, performed by Tina Arena and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony. He wrote Vanessa Amorosi’s Melbourne Girl for the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and Light The Way, performed by Jose Carreras at the Asian Games in Doha.

John continues as the ambassador for Music: Count Us In, an initiative of the Australian Music Council, to encourage music education in schools, and hosts the annual Schools Spectacular on the Seven Network. He is also Creative Director for Australia Day in Sydney, and host of the Australia Day concert, live from the Sydney Opera House and telecast on the ABC.

In 2019 John took ownership of the Australian Pops Orchestra (APO), and during the pandemic of 2020, in partnership with Melbourne Arts Centre, he revived his music talk show, The Big Night In with John Foreman, as a streaming series. The year was also capped with the APO New Years Eve Gala Concert, hosted by John and Broadcast nationally on Network Ten.