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Joneš Boris

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Conductor; Chorus Master; Co-répétiteur (* 1932/1/4 Česká Skalice)

Boris Joneš has two degrees from the Prague State Conservatoire – the first in organ playing from 1952, the second in conducting from 1955. His first engagement as a conductor was at the Kladno City Theatre (1955–59), followed by two years with the Zdeněk Nejedlý Theater in Ústí nad Labem. In 1967, he joined the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec, where he worked until his retirement.

As a conductor, or sometimes as choirmaster and accompanist, he has participated in more than a hundred productions. He has conducted about 1,500 performances – two-thirds without a score, from memory.

Joneš has spent his whole life playing the organ. Recently, he initiated the purchase of a virtual organ for the Liberec City Hall’s Ceremony Room.

Oral history of the Czech theatre

This project was launched in 2015 and seeks to capture the memories of important figures in the field of Czech theatre in audio recordings (usually around four hours long) and, in most cases, also in a short video recording (10–20 minutes long). The recordings are followed by a report of the conversation, which offers a summary of discussed topics and personalities, after every 15-20 minutes. Photographs and personal documents (both in digital format), provided by the narrator, are also available.

The Oral History Module provides a list of figures who have recorded their memories, along with a brief profile, current photograph, and the interview protocol. Full recording, including all the additional materials, is supposed to be studied by registered researchers in the Information and Documentation Department of ATI only. Feel free to contact Lucie Čepcová: lucie.cepcova(at) if you are interested.

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