Our Workshop Leaders

Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Conductor and Workshop Leader

Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus, delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’. He has received critical acclaim for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations, specialising in choral music.

Praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction choral and orchestral performances and recordings, Dominic holds an array of positions, including Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music, Music Director of London Oriana Choir, Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Chamber Choir of London, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dominic is Chorus Director and Visiting Professor for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Guest Conductor for The Royal Opera House Big Sing programme and Presenter for The Royal Opera House BP Big Screens and Insight Evenings, interviewing Sir Antonio Pappano, Eva-Marie Westbrook and many others. Last year he conducted The London Mozart Players in a Royal Gala performance for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, including a world premier by Roxanna Panufnik.

Previous positions include: Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir, Guest Conductor of The National Youth Training Choir of Scotland, Visiting Conductor for Eton Choral Course, Artistic Director for The Royal Opera House’s Youth Ensemble ‘RM19’, Chorus Master for English National Opera (during which Dominic received critical acclaim from The New York Times ‘a powerful and accomplished chorus’ and The Guardian ‘superbly prepared’ for the world premier of Julian Anderson’s ‘Thebans’.

Commended by reviewers as ‘a latent star’ Dominic has prepared choristers and choruses for the The Bach Choir, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He regularly conducts The Meridian Sinfonia and London Mozart Players and performs on leading UK 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 Stephane Deneve, Sir Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner OBE, Simon Halsey CBE, David Hill, Robert Ziegler, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks CBE, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier and John Rutter CBE.

Internationally renown as choral specialist and for his 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’ and will release an anthology of his arrangements and compositions in Autumn 2018. Recent appearances and performances have taken him to Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore, Nepal, Bangkok, the Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, the USA and China.

Keen to promote and support new music, Dominic has conducted an array of highly acclaimed world premieres, notably Oliver Searle’s ‘Pride, Poverty and Pianos’ for BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Toby Young’s ‘Love and Harmony’, three premieres by Cheryl Frances-Hoad for London Oriana Choir, Alexander Campkin’s ‘I Watched The Dying Light’ for London Mozart Players and Kerry Andrew’s ‘Who We Are’ for The Royal Albert Hall. Dominic works closely with BASCA and in 2014 was invited to be Chair of the Choral Category for The British Composer Awards. In 2016 Dominic launched Five15 – a ground-breaking new musical venture, championing women composers own choral music, developing a legacy of commissions, workshops and masterclasses, aiming to inspire generations to come.

A talented composer and arranger himself, Dominic’s recent premières include works for The Globe Theatre, The National Youth Jazz Collective, The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Royal Albert Hall and Fusionopolis, Singapore.

Recent engagements include: the world premier of Alexander Campkin’s ‘The Ghost of Shadwell Stairs’ at London’s iconic Brunel Tunnels, The Royal Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ Big Screens, performances of ‘Kingdom Hearts’ in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore, a live broadcasts for BBC Music Day 2017, ‘The Seeker’ for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest conductor appearances in Hong Kong and New Zealand. Engagements this season include: Mentor and Guest Conductor for Tenebrae’s Associate Artists, Guest Conductor for The Cathedral Choristers of Britain National Concerts and Workshops, a Far East tour of Bach and Vivaldi with The Chamber Choir of London, Guest Conductor for St Martin-in-the-Fields Fellows, the world premier of Rebecca Dale’s ‘Nox Perpetua’ for London Oriana Choir and London Mozart Players, Guest Conductor for Cambridge Festival of Education, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for ‘La Boheme’ for Stones Opera and Straßenchor, Berlin, and Dominic will join the music staff of Opera Holland Park 2018.

Dominic’s critically acclaimed ensemble Chamber Choir of London have released a series of new singles all available on iTunes, Spotify and other music services.

www.dominicellispeckham.com