Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor and chorus master, specialising in opera and choral repertoire. He has been commended by reviewers as 'a latent star' and is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations. 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.
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.
Dominic holds an array of conducting posts, including Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of The Chamber Choir of London, Principle 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, Music Director of London Oriana Choir and Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir and has been praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction of orchestral and choral performances and recordings. He is also 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 leading figures such as Sir Antonio Pappano, Eva-Marie Westbrook and among many others. In 2016 Dominic conducted The London Mozart Players' Royal Gala performance for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday, including a world premier by Roxanna Pannufnik.
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 premier 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, the world premier of Rebecca Dale's 'Nox Perpetua' with London Mozart Players, Ethel Smyth's Mass in Dminor with Meridian Sinfonia, 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', Bach's 'St John Passion', along with collaborations with Aldeburgh Festival and a world premier for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Robert Ziegler.