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Celebrating the breadth and variety of 20th and 21st Century composers from our great shores
To mark the beginning of The 40th Anniversary Season of The London Oriana Choir, join us for a mesmerising feast of sound-worlds by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Britten, Todd, Holst, Allain and many more.
London Oriana Choir
Dominic Peckham Conductor
The London Oriana Choir is one of Britain’s leading choral groups and one of the most exciting in London. Founded by Leon Lovett in 1973, from 1996 to summer 2013 it was under the directorship of David Drummond, who further developed the choir with his vision, innovative teaching ideas and repertoire. In September 2013 the choir welcomes Dominic Peckham to take over musical direction of the choir.
The choir has performed in all of London’s major concert halls, churches and cathedrals, including the Southbank Centre, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral. It has also performed at Abbey Road Studios, the London O2 Arena and Hampton Court Palace.
The choir’s repertoire is broad, ranging from the great choral and orchestral works by Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Handel and Bach to contemporary commissions. A cappella music is sung in many languages and in all styles from early Renaissance to the present day, from secular to sacred, classical to jazz and including popular and folk music from around the world. The choir is often accompanied by professional orchestras and has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, and Fine Arts Brass.
As well as its own concert series, the London Oriana Choir is often invited to sing for other organisations including BBC television. The choir has produced five commercial CD recordings, including a world première of Sir Henry Walford Davies’s cantata Everyman with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra, which received Editor’s Choice awards in both Gramophone magazine and International Record Review. In April 2008 another world première recording was released, Armstrong Gibbs’s choral symphony Odysseus with the BBC Concert Orchestra. For Christmas 2012 the choir recorded “Nativitie”, including the world premiere recording of the eponymous composition by renowned Scottish composer Kenneth Leighton.
Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK’s finest young conductors and an ambassador of choral music both in performance and through his critically acclaimed educational work.
He is Artistic Director of The Royal Opera House’s ‘RM19’ Youth Chorus, Assistant Musical Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Artistic Director and Founder of iSingUK – The Schools Workshop Programme, Director of The Ulster Youth Training Choir, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Patron, Principal Guest Conductor and Adjudicator of The Voice Festival UK and has recently been appointed Musical Director of The London Oriana Choir
In demand at home and abroad as a conductor, choral specialist, adjudicator, workshop director, presenter, vocal collaborator and consultant for a variety of ensembles, choral training programmes and for his vocal health seminars. He has served as Vocal Director BBC Choir of the Year, Consultant of Trinity Guildhall Teaching Programme and Guest Speaker for ‘Sing Up’.
Dominic’s previous conducting positions include Musical Director of The Edinburgh Singers (with which he recorded extensively), The Merchant Voices, Edinburgh Youth Choir, Chorusmaster and Associate Conductor of 2×2 Opera, Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Chorus, Guest Musical Director of The National Youth Training Choir of Scotland and Assistant Chorusmaster for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.