Sidney Jones

James Sidney Jones ( born June 17, 1861 in Islington, now part of London, † January 29, 1946 ) was a British composer and conductor.


Even in Jones ' youth, the family moved to Leeds because the boy's father had been called there to the musical director of the Grand Theatre. After his studies, Jones appeared as a clarinetist in the orchestra of his father. After that he worked as a military bandmaster. In 1886 he was engaged by the actress and producer Kate Sandley as a conductor for their musical work for the stage " Vetah ". He then worked for four years for Henry Leslie's touring company and then for more touring theater company that took him to America, and even to Australia. During this time his first attempts fall as a composer. He wrote the music for the pantomime " Aladdin II" - back in the UK - 1889 in Leeds had its premiere.

Around 1890, Jones learned the journalist Jimmy Davis know. This written under the pseudonym Owen Hall libretti for revues, comic operas and operettas. Their first piece was "A Gaiety Girl" ( 1893), which set standards for the popular musical theater in England. But the highlight of their collaboration was the operetta " The Geisha", a piece which has been translated into many languages ​​and Jones ' name made ​​known far beyond his homeland. At the great success of this masterpiece, the composer was able to build only to some extent with his 1902 published operetta " My Lady Molly ".

Musical Stage Works ( selection)

  • Composer
  • Composer ( operetta )
  • English
  • Born in 1861
  • Died in 1946
  • Man