Oriana People

We are proud to work with some of the best musicians in the industry.

 

Dominic Ellis-Peckham: Musical Director

Dominic Ellis-Peckham conducts across the globe, collaborating with festivals, conducting orchestras, leading vocal ensembles in a vast array of world premieres and ground-breaking commissions, and preparing choruses for BBC Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

He regularly conducts The Meridian Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, performing 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 Sir Simon Rattle, Stephane Deneve, Sir Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner OBE, Simon Halsey CBE, David Hill, Robert Ziegler, Michael Hofstetter, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks CBE, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier and John Rutter CBE. 

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

Dominic is Chorus Director and Visiting Artist at 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 among many others. In 2016 he conducted The London Mozart Players' Royal Gala performance for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday, including a world premiere by Roxanna Pannufnik. 

His previous positions include Chorus Master for English National Opera  (during which he received critical acclaim from The New York Times for  'a powerful and accomplished chorus'  and from The Guardian hailing his work as  'superbly prepared' for the world premiere of Julian Anderson's 'Thebans'), Artistic Director of The Royal Opera's RM19 Vocal Ensemble, Assistant Chorus Master for The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Conductor of Cambridge Festival Opera and Guest Chorus Master for The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Youth Chorus. 

Internationally renown 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’ and will release an anthology of his arrangements and compositions in Autumn 2018. Recent appearances and perfomances have taken him to the USA, Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore, Nepal, Bangkok, the Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, 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, John Winzenburg's 'Half Moon Rising' for The American Choral Directors Association and Kerry Andrew's 'Who We Are' for the Royal Albert Hall.  In 2016 Dominic and London Oriana Choir launched Five15 - a ground-breaking new musical venture, championing women composers and 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 Choirs of Great Britain, The Royal Albert Hall and Fusionopolis.

in 2018, Dominic joined the music staff for Opera Holland Park's 'La Traviata' and other highlights included live broadcasts for BBC Music Day, Brahms' 4th Symphony, Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 and Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro' for Dartington International Festival and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms at Blackheath Halls. In 2019 Dominic performs in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Italy and Oman, joins Opera Holland Park as Chorus Master, and UK performance highlights include: Mozart's 'Requiem', Orff's 'Carmina Burana' and Bach's 'St John Passion'.


Dominic’s 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    @dominicpeckham

 

Nicholas Chalmers: Associate Conductor

The award winning conductor Nicholas Chalmers is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. A champion of young voices, his collaborations with Northern Ireland Opera, Nevill Holt Opera and The KT Wong Foundation have resulted in some of the most highly praised and successful stagings of opera in recent years. His determination to build new audiences for opera has seen him conducting the first ever production of a Benjamin Britten opera in China and winning the Irish Times Theatre Award for Tosca in Northern Ireland. He is passionate about music education and cross-generational projects to ensure a future audience for opera. 

 

Nicholas established Second Movement in 2003 to showcase young operatic talent. The company is now the leading UK opera company for providing regular performing opportunities for contemporary opera. 

 

Nicholas is highly respected as an artistic director and is the founder of the UK's most exciting new summer opera festival, Nevill Holt Opera. The festival is now moving into its fourth year and has enjoyed such rapid growth and success,  that it is planning to build a new opera house on the estate at Nevill Holt. The new theatre will open in 2018. 

 

Nicholas is a versatile musician; at home directing from the harpsichord, playing organ 

concertos, conducting Strauss operas and leading masterclasses in China in Mandarin. He 

understands the importance of communication and is confident rehearsing in Italian, 

French and Spanish.

 

Nicholas is the artistic director and conductor of Nevill Holt Opera, conductor at Northern Ireland

Opera and artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company. Nicholas was the first person to conduct a Benjamin Britten opera in China with Noye's Fludde in Beijing (2012). He studied music at Oxford University and conducting at the Piacenza and Milan Conservatoires. From 2003 until 2008, Nicholas was the assistant organist of Westminster Abbey and director of music at the choir school. From 2008 until 2011, Nicholas was Assistant Chorus Master of English National Opera. With ENO he prepared 24 operas for conductors including Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Baldur Bronnimann and Sir Richard Armstrong.

www.nicholaschalmers.com/

 

Aimee Presswood: Vocal Coach

Aimee completed a Masters in vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied singing with Sophie Grimmer. Whilst at Trinity, she won First Prize in the Roy Pleasance Competition and in the English Song Competition, and was joint winner of the Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Prize, the latter two with her duo partner Neus Peris. Aimee recently won second prize in the recital class at the David Clover Singers' Platform, and was a finalist in the opera class. Aimee graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Music in 2014, specialising in vocal performance and musicology. She grew up in Hong Kong and South Africa before returning to the UK aged 9.

 

As a soloist, Aimee performs a range of opera, oratorio and lieder. Recent operatic roles include Lucy (Menotti's The Telephone) and Virtù (L'incoronazione di Poppea). She has sung Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Halesowen Symphony Orchestra and with the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and was a soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Cantata 191 with The Suffolk Ensemble at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. In May 2019 she will sing Iphis in Grantham Choral Society's Jephtha. Aimee enjoys performing contemporary music; she recently premiered Rotem Sherman's song cycle 'Little Matters' with the Trinity Laban wind orchestra, sang in Daniel Chappell's new ballet-opera 'Liturgie' with Spectra Ensemble which appeared at the 2017 Tête-á-Tête festival, and in 2017 was part of Oliver Beer's live installation 'Resonance Project'at Thaddaeus Ropac's Mayfair gallery. 

As a choral singer, Aimee has sung with groups including The SixteenArmonico ConsortSiglo d'OroReverie and Turton Consort. She is a member of the new Chamber Choir of London, and was in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship and Genesis Sixteen. She is a professional singer with the Philharmonia Chorus. 

Aimee teaches singing at St Helen's in Northwood and at St Marylebone School, and for London Oriana Choir. She has also done education work for Wandsworth Music Service, National Youth Choirs of Great BritainUlster Youth Choir and VCM Foundation (Voces8/Apollo5). She has conducted ensembles including Opera Seria, Salford Choral Society, St. John’s Cathedral Choir in Salford, Ad Solem Chamber Choir and Manchester University Chorus. She has also conducted for the Hallé's corporate choirs scheme, and was the Musical Director of Macclesfield Mydel Choir from 2015 to 2016. 

 

Aimee's studies were generously supported by the George Fentham Birmingham Charity, Philip Bates Trust and Joseph Scott's Educational Foundation. 

Susan Young: Vocal Coach

Susan is a versatile, accomplished musician whose commitment to performing is matched and balanced by her love and dedication to teaching. Her infectious enthusiasm, natural curiosity, sound technical knowledge and deep musical understanding combine to inspire a creative, collaborative approach fostering high levels of communication, enjoyment and achievement.


Having taught as several leading universities, Susan has an extensive practice at the University of York and private work in London with undergraduates, postgraduates and young professional singers. Former and current students have taken part in the Genesis Sixteen programme, The Samling Academy, National Youth Choir Fellowship scheme, Choral Scholar and Lay Clerkships, West End Musical Theatre Academy as well as postgraduate studies in leading conservatoires and professional stage work with UK based opera and theatre companies and award winning choral groups.


In her own performing life, Susan has developed a growing reputation in the field of contemporary opera and as a champion of neglected works relishing the musical, artistic and dramatic challenges. For English National Opera, she created the role of Wife in the World Premiere of Tansy Davies’ Between Worlds, directed by Deborah Warner. Also for ENO, Susan has worked on The Passenger (Weinberg), giving a pre-performance talk and was heard on Radio 3’s Private Passions and has covered the demanding role of the Duchess in Powder Her Face
(Ades). Other notable roles include Micaëla/Carmen, Caterina/L’amico Fritz, Silvia/Zanetto (Mascagni) (all for Opera Holland Park), the title role in Kát’a Kabanová and Tatyana/Eugene Onegin. She has garnered critical praise for her strong dramatic sense and rich, warm sound.


Previously a regular soloist with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Susan’s numerous concert appearances include Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Symphony no 9, Dvorak Te Deum, Elgar Spirit of England, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Dona Nobis Pacem, Spohr The Last Judgement, Szymanowski Stabat Mater, Tippett A Child of Our Time, Orff Carmina Burana and Verdi Requiem.


Susan is proud to have been an integral part of the group of musicians who founded the now internationally renowned Oxford Lieder Festival and has a considerable knowledge and experience of performing a wide range of song repertoire. She holds qualifications from the Universities of Durham and London and Trinity College of Music.

 

Anna Disley-Simpson: five15 Composer-in-Residence

Anna was a student at the Purcell School and is currently in her final year at the Royal Northern College of Music.  She was previously a composer with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and had pieces played by them at the Southbank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sage Gateshead and elsewhere. In 2014 she was a winner of the BBC Proms ‘Inspire’ competition
with her piece ‘Underneath’ for Juice Vocal Ensemble and the beat boxer MaJiKer, which was subsequently performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  She was also commissioned to write a piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra which was performed during the 2015 Proms season and has been broadcast several times since. Anna is also a professional singer and has performed frequently with professional groups in Manchester and has taken part in broadcasts and recordings.  As a soloist she recently gave the first performance of a work by Alexia Sloane. In 2019 she is releasing a podcast entitled ‘Sister Sounds’ celebrating women composers, songwriters and producers including interviews with guests about their work.


In her choral works Anna loves to explore harmony and feels that it is the place from which her individual ‘compositional’ voice stems. While her influences include Lauridsen, Britten, Tavener and Weir, she tries not to limit herself to the choral canon but also to look constantly for new elements to explore. She has also recently begun to work with multimedia and theatrics and to employ visual art, including her own video.

Anna was the winner of the London Oriana Choir's five15 Young Composers Competition in June 2019 with her piece 'In their Gold Coats' - a setting of text from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. 

 

David Smith: Accompanist

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.