Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus, delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’. He is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations. 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, Music Director of London Oriana Choir, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, 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 and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Dominic is Chorus Director 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 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 premier 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 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.
Commended by reviewers as 'a latent star' Dominic has prepared choruses for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. and The Bach Choir. He regualrly 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.
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.
This season, Dominic joined the music staff for Opera Holland Park's 'La Traviata' and other highlights include: 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.