Dominic Ellis-Peckham :
Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor, chorus master, education specialist, author, workshop director and presenter. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Dominic has been commended by reviewers as 'a latent star' and praised for his dedication to unique performance experiences and equality and access in music making, whilst also passionately championing new music and delivering inspirational collaborations on stage and in the education sector. Dominic has prepared choruses in opera houses, festivals and on the concert stage for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. and The Bach Choir.
Internationally renowned for his conducting and pioneering educational work, Dominic appears regularly on TV and Radio as a presenter and choral expert, most notably for BBC2, BBC Radio 3 & 4 and SkyArts. In 2016 he published his first book with Bloomsbury Publishing entitled ‘Inspire your Choir’. Recent appearances and perfomances have taken him to the USA, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore, Nepal, Bangkok, the Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, and China.
Dominic also embraces cross-genre collaborations and commercial performance, including TV broadcasts, arena appearances, recordings and arranging with international contemporary artists. He has conducted projects at Abbey Road, Air Studios, Angel Studios and for Deutsche Grammophon, Whistle Records, Signum Records, Sky, and BBC. Most recently his credits include collaborations with Madonna, Pete Townsend, BAFTA, Sir Paul McCartney, Rachel Fuller, Disney, Lulu, and Will.I.Am; and his releases have reached No.1 in both the US Classical Billboard Charts and the UK Specialist Charts.
Dominic is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Chamber Choir of London, Chorus Master for Opera Holland Park, a Guest Conductor for London Mozart Players, Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Associate Principal Conductor of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford, Musical Director of London Oriana Choir and Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices, Chorus Director and Visiting Artist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Ambassador for Friday Afternoons from Britten Pears Arts.
He regularly conducts The Meridian Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, and performs throughout the UK on concert stages including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall. Forever a collaborator, Dominic has worked alongside Sir Simon Rattle, Stephane Deneve, Sir Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner OBE, Sian Edwards, Simon Halsey CBE, David Hill, Robert Ziegler, Michael Hofstetter, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks CBE, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier, Roger Vignoles and John Rutter CBE.
Recent performances include projects in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Oman. This summer Dominic rejoined Opera Holland Park as Chorus Master for Janacek's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' and Mascagni's 'L'Amico Fritz' and enjoyed collaborations with Southbank Centre, a world premiere with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Choir of London. His first season as Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices commenced in August with performances at the Red House of Britten's 'Five Flower Songs'.
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Nicholas Chalmers :
Nicholas Chalmers is widely recognised as having established some of the most exciting and highly successful artistic and education projects in recent years. Nicholas has been the artistic director of Nevill Holt Opera since the creation of the festival in 2013. His direction has seen this award winning festival produce 7 new operas, revive 5 productions, and create a nationally recognised education and young artist programme.
In addition to his work with Nevill Holt Opera, Nicholas is a founding artistic director of Second Movement. Their ‘Rough for Opera’ series has commissioned and showcased more than 40 young composers and librettists. With his long term collaborator, director Oliver Mears, he has created over 20 productions.
With Nevill Holt Opera, Nicholas has conducted The Magic Flute, La Bohème, The Turn of the Screw, Carmen, Rigoletto, The Elixir of Love, Tosca, Noye’s Fludde, Le Nozze di Figaro, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cosí fan tutte.
For Second Movement he has conducted Mozart and Salieri, Trouble in Tahiti, The Medium and Impresario, Les Deux Aveugles, Rothschild’s Violin and The Knife’s Tears. Conducting engagements with Northern Ireland Opera include The Medium, Tosca (Best Opera - Irish Times Theatre Awards), The Turn of the Screw, Noye’s Fludde (Belfast Zoo, Beijing and Shanghai), The Flying Dutchman, The Bear, Macbeth, The Magic Flute, Salome, Don Giovanni, Powder Her Face and Cosí fan tutte.
Nicholas works with the major UK orchestras and choirs. Most recently with The BBC Singers, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra and The Ulster Orchestra. He is the Associate Conductor of the London Oriana Choir and Organist and Director of Music at St Jude-on-the-hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb. He has been on the music staff at English National Opera, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Chichester Cathedral. Nicholas studied music at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Piacenza Conservatoire.
Future engagements include Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at The Royal Opera House where Nicholas is a Senior Associate Artist (Opera) and the curator of the ROH Opera Nation ‘Songbook’ (a book of famous opera aria arrangements for 14-18 year olds). At Covent Garden, Nicholas also leads the Sing at ROH programme and works with the youth opera company. Nicholas made his BBC Proms conducting debut in 2020 with the BBC Singers at the first night of the festival.
Aimee Presswood :
Aimee worked for several years as a classical soprano before moving into teaching. She has taught singing and led choirs in many schools and for organisations including the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Ulster Youth Choir, and the Hallé. She has studied singing and vocal teaching with Jenevora Williams, James Cuskelly, and Gillyanne Kayes, amongst others, and her specialisms are in ensemble singing, early music, and lieder. Aimee is a full-time music teacher in a London state secondary school, and continues freelance performance and vocal teaching work alongside this.
David Smith :
Born in Stockport, David completed a BMus at the University of Birmingham before moving to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Dussek and Vanessa Latarche. After graduating with distinction he was awarded Junior Fellowships working with the vocal department at both the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music.
Numerous competition successes include the Birmingham Accompanist of the Year, Vivian Langrish accompanists’ prize, Michael Head and Bliss prizes for accompaniment as well as the Christian Carpenter prize, awarded in recognition of his achievements at the Academy. In 2009 David was one of the first pianists to be invited to work with the prestigious Samling Foundation under the tutelage of Sir Thomas Allen.
He has collaborated with many exceptional singers of his generation including James Rutherford, Sarah Tynan, Benedict Nelson and Allan Clayton, in addition to significantly established artists such as Sir Willard White and Sir Thomas Allen, and has appeared at many of the major UK venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Colston Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Pittville Pump Room as well as some of the major UK music festivals.
Further afield David has performed in a number of countries including France, Spain and Germany, and has developed relationships with the Heidelberg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. In 2012 he was invited to become an HSBC Laureate of the Aix Festival, performing in a number of concerts around Europe.