Dominic appointed Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices
24th February 2020
Snape Maltings announce that British choral conductor Dominic Ellis-Peckham has been appointed as Music Director of Aldeburgh Voices, taking over from Ben Parry with effect from May 2020 for an initial 3-year period.
Roger Wright, Chief Executive, Snape Maltings, said “It will be a pleasure to welcome Dominic to Snape Maltings in this role. As an ambassador of our unique singing project Friday Afternoons he is already well known to us. It will be exciting to have Dominic as part of this remrkable organisation which is soon to merge with the Britten-Pears Foundation and in which singing will continue to play such a vital role in our activities.”
Dominic spoke of his excitement at the annoucement: “I’m truly honoured and humbled to be appointed Music Director of this incredible ensemble, resident at such a vibrant and illustrious centre of music and creativity. I’m really looking forward to joining this world-class team at Snape Maltings and to planning for the further development and future of Aldeburgh Voices at such an exciting time for the organisation.”
Dominic's first engagement with Aldeburgh Voices takes place this June as part of the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival with four immersive performances of Britten's iconic 'Five Flower Songs' at the composer's home - The Red House. Click here for more informaiton and to book tickets.
Dominic records at Abbey Road for new album
13th February 2020
Continuing his collaborations and relationship with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dominic returned to Abbey Road Studios this February to record a series of tracks for the brand new album by two-time Grammy Award-winning composer - Christopher Tin
In association with Music Productions Ltd, Dominic conducted a specially selected choir of leading consort singers in this much-anticipated recording of Tin's new work - 'To Shiver The Sky' and joins the Chorus of The Royal Opera House, Pembroke College Choir, Cambridge and Soprano - Danielle De Niese as collaborators on the project which premiers on 30th May 2020 at Washington Performing Arts, USA.
Debut and sell-out performance at Royal Festival Hall
2nd February 2020
Dominic and Chamber Choir of London made their debut at Southank Centre's Royal Festival Hall this February alongside long-standing partners The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra under the baton of Grammy-winner Arnie Roth.
Two sell-out performances of the European premier of NieR:Orchestra Concert re:12018 featured the vocal stylings of renowned soloist Emi Evans and was presented by AWR Music. With specially created HD gameplay video projected on a giant screen, accompanied by the sonic power of over 100 musicians on stage, fans were immersed in the world this iconic score and rose to a standing ovation.
Dominic conducts for BBC Holocaust Memorial Broadcast
27th January 2020
Seventy-five years after the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, more than 150 survivors attended a unique commemoration to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, presented by Huw Edwards and featuring choral music conducted by Dominic this January.
Through music, poetry and powerful personal testimony, all those who were persecuted by the Nazis, as well as those who were victims of later genocides, were remembered at Westminster's Central Hall, London to an audience including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, HRH Prince William and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Among those taking part in the event were cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, accompanied by his brother Braimah, as well as Sir Simon Russell Beale, Rebecca Front, Nina Wadia and Georgina Campbell.
Click here to watch highlights including Eric Whitacre's 'Sleep'
Headline performance at ABCD for Chamber Choir of London
25th August 2019
Fresh from their Aldeburgh Festival debut last month and their No.1 album with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir performed a special programme taken from their Surge Illuminare series, including works by Giovanni Palestrina, Dobrinka Tabakova, Roderick Williams, Kerry Andrew, Cecilia McDowall, Jocelyn Hagen and Owain Park at Birmingham’s Bradshaw Hall at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Dominic spoke of his excitement following the concert: "We were delighted to appear at this year’s festival, joining a host of guest ensembles and conductors including László Nemes, John Rutter and Péter Erdei, and we were honoured to bring such a varied programme inspired by 'Radiant Beginnings', 'Thrones of Beauty' and 'Inspirations and Imaginations' at this year’s festival”.
Artistic Director of the ABCD Festival and Chair of the ABCD Trustees, Leslie East welcomed the involvement of Chamber Choir of London in this year's festival: "With our strong European slant this year we wanted to show off some of the best of British choirs to our European guests and Chamber Choir of London certainly represent the pinnacle of UK choral singing, bringing together some of the finest consort singers and enjoying a rich and imaginative repertoire”.
To watch performances from this concert, click here
Glittering reviews for OHP Double Bill
1st August 2019
Opera Holland Park's Double Bill of Il segreto di Susanna and Iolanta opened has opened to critical acclaim, with Dominic's efforts as Chorus Master refered to by Rupert Christiansen as part of his five star review in The Telegraph "the climax sent shivers down my spine: I don’t think I’ve ever heard such rapturously wonderful singing at Opera Holland Park.”
Despite shared themes of secrets and lies, the two new productions Il segreto di Susanna andIolanta could not be more different, and together they make for a “dreamy double bill” (Evening Standard, four stars).
Directed by John Wilkie and conducted by John Andrews, Il segreto di Susanna explores marital mistrust between newly-weds Gil and Susanna, as the Count convinces himself of his wife’s infidelity after smelling tobacco in their house. The cast features Clare Presland as Countess Susanna, Richard Burkhard as Count Gil and John Savournin as Sante, their silent and hugely comical butler.
Following Wolf-Ferrari’s fantastic farce is the spectacular Iolanta, directed by Olivia Fuchs and conducted by Sian Edwards . It stars Natalya Romaniw in the title role, the blind heroine who is redeemed through the love of the only man to tell her the truth, Count Vaudémont, sung by David Butt Philip. All images are by © Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park.
Critical acclaim for Stravinsky performance with Barbara Hannigan/Snape collaboration
1st July 2019
Dominic returned for his second visit to Aldeburgh Festival this season alongside esteemed colleagues from the LUDWIG orchestraunder the multi-talented Conductor and Soprano - Barbara Hannigan, as Chorus Master for Opera Holland Park in the much anticipated UK performance of Stravinsky's 'Rake's Progress'.
Marking the conclusion of this international run of performances, this already critically acclaimed production featuring principal artist's from Hannigan's Equillibrium Young Artists Programme received rapturous applause from the sold-out audience at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, with a string of passionate and complimetary reviews in the following days.
"A meticulously prepared chorus excelled as whores and roaring boys, auction bidders and madmen" - David Truslove, Opera Today
"the Chorus of Opera Holland Park, (were) so well drilled by Dominic Ellis-Peckham" - Tony Cooper, Plant Hugill
"a stellar contribution from the whores and madmen of EYA s guest choristers, the Chorus of Opera Holland Park" - Mark Valencia, Opera Magazine
Dominic returns to Opera Holland Park for 2019 productions
1st May 2019
Seen as the ‘rarity’ of the season Cilea’s L’arlesiana opens on 20th July. The production is directed Oliver Platt and conducted by Dane Lam and includes a stunningly vibrant cast including Samuel Sakker, Yvonne Howard and Fflur Wyn. Il segreto di Susanna is directed by John Wilkie, conducted by John Andrews and sees Clare Presland sing Countess Susanna, Richard Burkhard Count Gil and John Savournin Sante. Iolanta is directed by Olivia Fuchs and conducted by Sian Edwards while the cast includes Natalya Romaniw, David Butt Philip, Mikhail Svetlov, Grant Doyle, Ashley Riches, Charne Rochford, Barnaby Rea and Laura Woods.
Buy tickets here.
Dominic conducts Jessica Curry world premier
18th March 2019
Rousing applause and a standing ovation filled St Clement Dane's following the world premier of BAFTA award-winning composer Jessica Curry's 'Briefly It Enters' by The Rosewood Sinfonia and London Oriana Choir. Commissioned by the critically accaimed composing initiative Five15, the new piece is set as a reflection and pairing to Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana' which was performed alongside Curry's work. 'Briefly It Enters' is a setting of a poem by American poet and translator Jane Kenyon. Jane published four collections of her poetry and translated twenty poems from the Russian of Anna Akhmatova. She was New Hampshire’s poet laureate when she died from leukaemia in 1995.
For more information onf Five15, click here
Aldeburgh Debut alongside Padmore, Williams and Vignoles
1st March 2019
Dominic's critically acclaimed ensemble - Chamber Choir of London are delighted to be making their debut at the prestigious 2019 Aldeburgh Festival on 17th June. Joining multi award-winning singers Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, celebrated pianist Roger Vignoles, Trio Isimsiz and Quatuor Diotima. Schubert 1828 brings together these incredible artists for a unique revisit to a poignant moment in the last year of the composer's life. Schubert only once took the financial risk of mounting a concert of his own music, and it was in 1828.
Though the press was more interested in Paganini at the time, it sold well, and included two of his greatest masterpieces – the E-flat Piano Trio, ripe with emotional subtleties, and part of the enigmatically nuanced String Quartet in G – plus a fascinating mixture of typically jewel-like songs and unusual but delightful pieces for chorus and piano. This remarkable programme from 1828 is recreated in full especially for the Aldeburgh festival and is sure to be a memorable evening. Find out more here
New single receives critical acclaim
18th February 2019
Chamber Choir of London and Dominic have received warm reviews and critical acclaim for their latest single release 'Kyrie' by the award-winning Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan. tTaken from his early Missa Brevis. MacMillan wrote the mass when he was 17, and only released it 30 years later. The 'Kyrie' seems clearly influenced by the Palestrina the composer was singing at the time, along with a hint of the opening of RVW's Mass.
Robert Hugill reviews the single: "The choir bringings a typical combination of clarity and strength to the performance, with a fine sense of line and a lovely clear demonstration of the purity of the polyphony". Download or stream by clicking here.
Dominic re-records iconic track with Sir Paul McCartney
12th December 2018
Thanks to a personal request from composer Rachel Fuller and her husband Pete Townsend, The Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has graciously agreed for his original recording and vocals to be used in conjunction with Chamber Choir of London and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The seminal song 'Blackbird' is to be re-recorded and specially arranged by Martin Batchelar for the orchestra and choir, to include the original vocals from McCartney as part of the much-anticipated new album 'Animal Requiem', to be released on Whistle Records in 2019.
Find out more here.
Gala performance with Nicola Benedetti and Britten Sinfonia
28th November 2018
To celebrate the 5th Birthday of the iconic Saffron Hall, Dominic joins an illustrious line-up of performers in an exclusive Gala Concert this December. The evening will include a very special performance from the Gala Choir. Formed specifically to commemorate a ground-breaking first five years for the world class concert venue, the choir will perform a broad and eclectic array of repertoire under Dominic's direction, interspersed by addresses from Saffron Hall's Chief Executive, Angela Dixon and virtuso fireworks from multi-award winning Nicola Benedetti and resident orchestra The Britten Sinfonia. For more information, click here
New single from award-winning composer released by Chamber Choir of London
21st September 2018
Fresh from his BBC Proms’ debut, Alexander Campkin’s new release ‘Sent From God’ is the second single from hotly-tipped new vocal ensemble - Chamber Choir of London and Artistic Director, Dominic Ellis-Peckham. The choir brings together the finest consort singers, performing a broad variety of repertoire. This ground-breaking ensemble is committed to world-class performances, recordings and collaborations with some of the industry’s leading musicians, festivals and innovators. Future engagements include planned performances in Malta, Berlin, a recital and oratorio series in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and a recording of Rachel Fuller’s new ‘Requiem' with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The choir’s debut single Victoria’s ‘Vidi Speciosam’ was released in June to critical acclaim, and later this season they head to the studio for their first composer collaboration, recording Alexander Campkin's definitive choral collection 'True Light’ due for release in 2019.
Speaking at the launch, Alexander Campkin said: “I am so excited by the release of “Sent From God”, it was so moving hearing them live, and I’m really thrilled that this choir will go on to record my debut choral disc. These singers are simply amazing and I’m very excited about what the future holds for us”
Festival debut for 100 Centenary Celebration
1st September 2018
As part of The 2018 Roman River Festival, Dominic Ellis-Peckham has been invited to conduct the Band of the Parachute Regiment based in Colchester’s Merville Barracks, the Colchester Military Wives Choir, young brass players, the Roman River Come & Sing! Choir in the culmination of the Festival's most ambitious project to date. Find out more here
Dominic conducts Beethoven, Liszt and Mozart at Dartington
1st August 2018
Dominic joins a host of celebrated artists as part of the 2018 Dartington International Festival and Summer School. Performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1, Beethoven Symphony No.4 and collaborating on this year's operatic project with Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Dominic joined the revered Dartington Festival Orchestra and a host of fellow conductors for this unique two weeks of music making in late August.
Jessica Curry becomes choir's new composer-in-residence.
22nd June 2018
The London Oriana Choir and Music Director Dominic Ellis-Peckham haave appointed British composer Jessica Curry composer-in-residence for its five15 project, an initiative that promotes women composers.
Curry is the co-founder of games company The Chinese Room, and has won a BAFTA for the PS4 title Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. She has collaborated with Carol Ann Duffy, setting Duffy’s poems to music for a performance in Durham Cathedral. For five15, Curry will write three pieces: a Christmas composition, an orchestral work and a final a cappella piece which will be premiered at a concert at Cutty Sark in 2019.
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, music director of the London Oriana Choir, said: ‘We are thrilled that Jessica has agreed to become our third composer-in-residence and are sure that our collaboration will produce some stunning music and a continuation of the legacy from these special commissions. Our two previous composers both brought their own distinct characters and styles to their work and we can’t wait to see what Jessica has in store for us.’
Dominic's new ensemble releases debut single to critical acclaim
10th June 2018
The hotly anticipated debut single from Chamber Choir of London has been released worldwide to critical acclaim from reviewers, composers and industry leaders. 'Vidi Speciosam' by the iconic Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria is the first of a series of single releases from the British vocal ensemble under it's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor - Dominic Ellis-Peckham.
With the professional choir already a host of critical acclaim, including The Guardian's Fiona Maddocks haling them as "A great addition to choral life", the future looks very exciting indeed, with performances ahead including a Remembrance Day Centenary concert, a recording with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a world premier from Rachel Fuller in London in early 2019. Listen to the new single here
Opera Holland Park welcome Dominic as 2018 music staff
1st March 2018
This summer, Dominic is dleighted to have been invited to join Investec Opera Holland Park as music staff for Verdi's tragic masterpiece 'La Traviata'. Dominic will be working alongside Conductor - Matthew Kofi Waldren, Director - Rodula Gaitanou and International Opera Awards Best Designer nominee Cordelia Chisholm for this new production with resident orchestra - The City of London Sinfonia. For more information click here.
Dominic performs live on BBC Radio 3
16th February 2018
This month Dominic returns to BBC Radio 3 to conduct a live performance of music by Monteverdi, Vaughan-Williams and Hilary Campbell. Ahead of The National Youth Chamber Choir's debut at Cadogan Hall, Dominic chats with Sean Rafferty live in the studio as part of the Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme and offers a sample of music taken from the ensemble's forthcoming headline performance entitled 'Twenty-Something'. You can listen again to the programme and the performances by clicking here, and book tickets for the Cadogan Hall performance as part of 'Choral at Cadogan' here.
Dominic joins world renown ensemble Tenebrae for Masterclasses
22nd January 2018
This February, Dominic will be a special guest for Grammy award-winning choral ensemble 'Tenebrae'. Working with their Associate Artists, Dominic will be delivering conducting masterclasses and mentoring these specially chosen singers as part of their tenure with Nigel Short and his choir. The position of Associate Artist is a year-long fellowship, providing selected singers with training and mentoring from Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, and experience through active engagement with Tenebrae’s national and international performance and recording schedule throughout the concert season. Associates will also receive training in music pedagogy, and go on to put this into practice through a series of education and community partnerships.
Dominic records new album with Rachel Fuller
12th January 2018
Following on from the international success and collaboration with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Alfie Boe and Robert Ziegler in the seminal Deutsche Gramaphone recording and sell out performance of 'Classic Quadrophenia', Dominic has reunited with composer Rachel Fuller and, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir to record a new album of orginal music for the new theatre project 'The Seeker'. Inspired by the iconic book, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, 'The Seeker' is a tale of human passion and spiritual awakening.
Set between a vivid dual landscape of ancient India and modern New York, THE SEEKER is brought to the theatre by an outstanding creative team from opera, theatre and rock music. Touring in 2018, 'The Seeker' will seduce audiences with its sweeping melodic lines, its rich orchestration and timeless themes of love, loss and a deep search for meaning in a troubled world.
New releases from Dominic for Christmas 2017
5th December 2017
Listen to Dominic's brand new double-single of Toby Young's 'What Child is This?' and 'The Night' with The National Youth Choir of Great Britain produced by the father of choral Christmas - John Rutter and there are further Christmas releases from London Oriana Choir and their recording Richard Allain's 'In The Bleak Mid-Winter, and special recording of the lesser known Reginal Jacques version of 'Away In A Manger'.
Click the images to listen and Happy Choral Christmas from dominicellispeckham.com !
Live worldwide broadcast for Dominic and venetian masterworks from the V & A
3rd December 2017
As part of the The V&A's critically acclaimed new exhibition 'Opera : Passion, Power and Politics', Dominic, The Fourth Choir and special guest Jonatan Bought performed a special concert from The Tapestry Rooms of the V&A this December. In conjunction ith The Royal Opera House, this performance was part of a series of performances from artists including soloists from The National Opera Studio, English National Opera and The Monteverdi Choir. The performance was broadcast live to audiences across the world on Facebook Live and received rapturious responses from viewers in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Germany, U.S.A and Portugal to name but a few.
Dominic who hosted the broadcast and conducted the performance was delighted with the response: "to perform in the same series as such illustrious artists was a real honour. This exhibition is a remarkable journey through the history of opera and its impact on the wider musical world - I can highly recommend it, and I'm delighted we were able to bring choral music from the featured composers to the stunning Tapestry Room."
Dominic to conduct at 'Opera: Passion, Power & Politics' Exhibition
1st September 2017
Following the launch of their brand new, state-of-the-art exhibition space, London's Victoria & Albert Museum have invited Dominic and The Fourth Choir to perform a special concert on Friday 1st December as part of 'Opera: Passion, Power and Politics' in collaboration with The Royal Opera House. The Times as already referred to this as a "spectacular new show" which "has something for opera snobs, opera virgins and all shades between."
Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries. Dominic and his choir will be performing music refecting this same chronological journey, reflecting on the many inspirational and pivotal moments that affected all musical output.
Speaking at the launch of the exibition, Dominic spoke of his excitement at being involved: "This truly is a remarkable new venture for the V&A , and I'm honoured to be conducting such a special performance, marking the first exibition in the stunning new Sainsbury Gallery". For more information, or to book tickets, click here.
World premiers and new names for Dominic's composing initiative
5th July 2017
Dominic and The London Oriana Choir is delighted to announce that young British composer Rebecca Dale has been chosen as the second composer-in-residence for our ground-breaking five15 project to champion the musical talent of women composers.
Rebecca’s year kicked off in style in July 2017 with the première of her first work for the choir, the a cappella sound explosion entitled 'Radiate', at a special concert in The Sammy Ofer Gallery of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, where the Dominic and London Oriana Choir is choir-in-residence for the Royal Museums Greenwich. Her second commission with be premiered on 3rd November at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square and is written especially for Remembrance to be performed by Dominic, one of the world's leading chamber orchestra - The London Mozart Players and a guest solo cellist.
Dominic has already performed works by Rebecca as part of the Five15 project, and looks forward to working with her over the next 12 months. Commenting on her appointment, Rebecca said: “I am thrilled to be working with the London Oriana Choir and Dominic Ellis-Peckham, and honoured to be part of the five15 project, following in Cheryl's inspiring footsteps. As a composer, it's a joy to collaborate with an ensemble so passionate about discovering and promoting new music in all its forms. I can't wait to spend the year working together.”
Click here for more information on Rebecca's appointment
Returning to The Royal Opera House for Verdi and Puccini Big Screens for 2017
4th July 2017
The Royal Opera House has once again invited Dominic to present the live broadcasts of their BP Big Screen opera performances, live to millions of viewers across the UK and around the world. This year Dominic presents alongside co-presenter Gok Wan and he leads the viewers live in London's Trafalgar Square and across the globe online in a singing excerpts from Pucinni's 'Turandot' and Verdi's masterpiece - 'La 'Traviata'.
Dominic to conduct for BBC Music Day 2017
14th June 2017
In a continuation of his long working relationship, the BBC have invited Dominic to conduct a live performance as part of BBC Music Day. Dominic will specially arrange a choral piece for his singers and perform live on BBC Radio as part of a 24hours of celebration of music from across the globe, and in all it's forms. For more information click here
Dominic conducts for the Royals in Rome!
12th June 2017
By special invitation of Prince Jonathan Doria Pamphilj, Dominic and his critically accliamed ensemble - The Fourth Choir were invited to perform a special recital in the stunning grounds of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj di Roma. With music inspired by the sonnets of Shakespeare and Michelangelo in the baroque splendour of the palace grounds, the performance celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The Roma Rainbow Choir. Dominic thanked his fellow performers and royal host following the event: "It was an honour and privilege to sing in such a phenomenal setting alongside such wonderful musical colleagues. I am so grateful to Prince Jonathan and the musical family of Rome for making me feel so welcome".
Critical acclaim for Dominic and his Vespers
8th March 2017
Roaring applause and great reviews met Dominic's recent performance at London's iconic St-Martin-in-the-Fields as he conducted The Meridian Sinfonia, London Oriana Choir and a host of soloists from The Sixteen's Genesis programme in a sell-out performance of Monteverdi's 'Vespro della beata Virgine 1610' as part of a year long celebration of Monteverdi himself. The concert opened with the world premier of teh thired and final commission from Composer in Residence - Cheryl Frances-Hoad. 'The Food of Love' (written as part of the developing anthology for the groundbreaking Five15 women composers initiative) with texts from Christina Rossetti and Jonathan Swift was described by Fiona Maddocks in The Guardian as 'joyful and rampant' and was a timed to coincide with International Women's Day.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra welcome Dominic back again as Chorus Master
1st March 2017
The phenomenal success of this global franchise composed by Yoko Shimomura shows no sign of relenting, and the music from the Disney game is currently in the middle of a world tour, taking in Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles and New York. For two nights the tour comes to London's Central Hall, Westminster and tickets are available here.
Dominic invited as first guest artist with new Fellows
16th February 2017
Dominic was delighted to be invited by Andrew Earis and St Martin-in-the-Fields to deliver the first masterclass for the innaugural year of the St Martin's Voices Fellowship Scheme. Launched in February 2017, the scheme provide eight outstanding singers at the fisrt stage in their professional careers with the opportunity to enjoy an intensive period of training with leading choral directors and coaches. Futher plans this year include a tour to Minneapolis and Washington DC in March 2017 and various concert performances with leading ensembles including The Southbank Sinfonia and The Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. "The scheme is fantastic" said Dominic following his visit "I have never heard such exciting young professionals who remain techinically healthy and dedicated to refining their consort and ensemble skills with such vigour. The future is very bright for this wonderful scheme and I applaud Andrew Earis and SMITF!"
Dominic conduct's world premier in Northern Ireland
12th August 2016
As part of brand new composer in residence platfrom pioneered by Ulster Youth Choir, Artistic Director - Dominic Peckham conducted the world premier of Stephen Coyle's 'Darkly Bright', a Shakespeare sonnet setting in Down Cathedral, Downpatrick in late July.
The comission was funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by Queen's University, Belfast. Speaking at the premier, Dominic spoke of his excitement for this new direction for Ulster Youth Choir: "I am incredibly proud of our comitment to appoint a new composer in residence for Ulster Youth Choir and am very excited to be supporting emerging Northern Irish composers in the years ahead thus creating a choral legacy under the guise of UYC, Northern Ireland's national youth choir. Stephen's piece is truly remarkable and it has been wonderful collaboratingwith him and emesing oursleves in his style and characteristics this summer."
Critical acclaim and media praise for ground-breaking new initiative
1st August 2016
On July 6th, Dominic was joined in the spectacular setting of The Cutty Sark, Greenwich by a host of composers, music professionals and ciritcs to celebrate the launch of Five15, the groundbreaking new initiative to support and highlight the work of women composers.
'The Throne of Beauty : Phenomenal Women' saw Dominic and the critically acclaimed London Oriana Choir (curated and developer of this project) premier a new commission by Five15's first composer in residence, Cheryl Frances-Hoad
"So True a Fool Is Love" is a setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet 67 - a meditation on the slavery of love which subtely charts the internal dailogue of the lover about his condition of helplessness.
The concert featured works exclusively by women composers, including Cecilia McDowall, Judith Weir, Eleanr Daley, Hildegard von Bingen, Cherly Lynn Helm, Dobrinka Tabakova, Charlotte Bray, Kerry Andrew, Rebecca Dale, Ruth Watson Henderson, Gwyneth Walker and Elizabeth Atkinson with five of the composers attending the conert in person.
As part of the project (which includes an extensive comission programme, workshops for aspiring women composers, a competition, recordings and a festival), Dominic and his choir will be releasing a new video track from the concert each month.
For more information about Five15, click here.
Dominic conduct's a Royal farewell for The London Mozart Players
1st July 2016
This summer, the UK said farewell (for now) to one of it's most iconic and cherished concert venues - The Fairfield Halls In Croydon. Dominic and The London Mozart Players commemorated this and celebrated Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday to a very special audience, including HRH Prince Edward and HRH The Countess of Wessex.
The concert brought together London Mozart Players, The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra, pianist and Young Musician of the Year winner Bocheng Wang and choirs from across the region for a rousing final concert, including Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis', Mozart's ‘Allegro’ from Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Haydn's Symphony No. 45 ‘Farewell’ and the world premier of Raxanna Panufnik's 'Fairfield Fanfare'.
Click here to watch an exclusive interview with Dominic about the project.
Dominic and London Oriana Choir launch stand up for gender equality for composers
18th April 2016
London Oriana Choir and Dominic Peckham have announced the launch of a ground-breaking new musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers.
The heart of the project, known as five15, is the commissioning of 15 brand new choral works from five women over the next five years, but the plan is to include a programme of new performances, educational projects, recordings and other initiatives to raise the profile of classical music written by women across the UK, as well as helping to encourage and develop the talents of new young writers.
The first composer-in-residence is the award-winning Cheryl Frances-Hoad and the project will kick off in style this summer with a special concert at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich featuring new music from the first five15 commission, as part of a programme of events marking the re-opening of The Queen’s House this year.
This is also the start of a new, longer term collaboration between the choir and the Royal Museums Greenwich, involving its appointment as choir-in-residence for a three-year period, annual performances at the Cutty Sark amongst other events at the Royal Museums and involvement in its education and outreach programmes.
Dominic Peckham, musical director of the London Oriana Choir, said: “The lack of exposure of the work of women composers is still sadly evident – the results of the independent survey we conducted show that very clearly. The London Oriana Choir has long been associated with commissioning and performing their music but felt that fresh impetus, new thinking and organisation is now needed to bring about greater change. I am very proud and excited to be involved with this project, which already has the support of several high profile individuals and organisations, and we hope that others will join us in developing five15 even further.”
Speaking of her appointment, Cheryl Frances-Hoad said: “I am thrilled to be the launch composer of the five15 project and am looking forward to hearing the premières of all the new works by female composers that will be created in the next five years. I am sure the project will bring to the fore many positive role models for young composers.”
The project has the backing of some major names in the classical music industry, including composer Cecilia McDowall who said: “The London Oriana Choir’s inspired project – five15 – brings a new and exciting perspective in highlighting the work of women composers. Conceived as a multi-faceted initiative it offers a broad spectrum of creative possibilities and will give many wonderful opportunities for showcasing new work in superb historic locations.
Composer and arranger Rachel Fuller observed: “I’m really excited to hear that London Oriana Choir is launching this pioneering project to support and highlight the work of women composers. Composing and the development of young composers is frequently perceived as 'a man’s’ profession. That’s changing!!”
"BASCA welcomes the London Oriana Choir’s plans for commissioning 15 works by five female composers in the next five years,” Vick Bain, CEO of BASCA (British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), commented. “This is just the sort of initiative that is urgently needed to address the obvious inequality in composition. Over 80% of all composers are male and thus win most commissions in an ever perpetuating cycle. So by creating demand and profile for new works by female composers this will give heart to existing female professionals and inspiration to those young women coming through the ranks just entering the profession. We very much look forward to hearing the finished pieces!”
British composer and performer Kerry Andrew commented: “I'm a strong believer in positive prejudice, and I'm loving the London Oriana Choir's tiered approach to promoting great music by women, from turning the spotlight on existing work to creating opportunities for emerging composers. Go, Oriana!”
Anyone interested in learning more about all aspects of the project should visit the five15 website where full details and contact information are available.
Dominic reunites with Ziegler and Royal Philharmonic
8th March 2016
This very special performance of Holst's 'The Planets' (chorus mastered by Peckham) will also include John Adam's masterpiece 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine'. "I am delighted to be invited to work the wonderful RPO and Mr Ziegler once again and hope very much to continue our performing realtionship in such a wonderufl venue such as The Royal Albert Hall." - Dominic at the launch of the project.
The last collaboration between Peckham, Ziegler, the RPO and LOC was in 2015 as pasrt of the critically acclaimed 'Classic Quadrophenia' masterminded by Pete Townsend, Rachel Fuller and with performances from Alfie Boe and Billy Idol.
Tickets for 'The Planets' are available here.
Mozart's Unfinished Opera has it's British premier
8th March 2016
As part of his onging work with London Mozart Players, Dominic will be collaborating on a very special project this April. Stephen Oliver's completion of Mozart's unfinished opera 'The Goose of Cairo' (L'oca del Cairo) will enjoy it's British prmeir on 14th April at St John's Smith Square, led by conductor David Parry, the LMP and special octet from The London Oriana Choir chorus mastered by Dominic.
The LMP be joined by an outstanding cast of established and rising stars of the operatic stage, including Fluer Wyn, Diana Montague and Robert Murray.
Dominic joins team NYCGB for a Royal Albert Hall celebration
8th March 2016
This April Dominic joins forces with all 8 choirs within The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, his fellow Directors and allumni for a very special performance at London's Royal Albert Hall.
'ImmagiNATIONS' is a celebration of music from the British Isles and features world premiers from Kerry Andrew, James Rose and Vikki Stone and very special collaborations with award-winning soloists, guest ensemble SAMYO and guest conductor John Rutter.
Along with preparing and chorus mastering a special alumni choir for John Rutter, Dominic will take to the stage to conduct The National Youth Chamber Choir as well as the boys' voices from aross the entire organisation.
"This is going to be such an amazing gig, full of the very best of British music in perhaps our most iconic venue" said Dominic in conversation with BBC Radio 3 in January. "The NYCGB team have worked so hard to bring this together, and I just can't wait to be part of the fun!"
Tickets are available now by clicking here
New album release for Dominic
15th December 2015
Dominic is delighted to announce the release of his new album with London Oriana Choir "From Babylon to Brazil : Songs of Love and Devotion".
Recorded earlier this year and produced and engineered by Sonus Audio and Sophie Grimmer, this new disc from London's most celebrated choir features the debut recording of Toby Young's :"Ave Regina Ceolorum".
"This disc has been a long-time coming" said Dominic upon it's digital release... "I am so excited to put this phenomenal choir's unique sounds on disc and really hope that listeners enjoy their versatilty and breadth of repertoire. I'm particularly thrilled to be able to record Toby Young's amazing music so that the world can be introduced to this astounding young composer".
Bloomsbury release Dominic's first book for Christmas
12th December 2015
This December sees the launch of Dominic's first ever book through Bloomsbury Publishing. "Inspire Your Choir : 100 Ideas To Raise The Bar" joins Dominic with world renown vocal coach, arranger and fellow mentor on BBC's "The Naked Choir" - Mark De Lisser.
With innovative ideas, advice, tips and support for choral leaders of all levels, the book is already receiving critical buzz and a wave of pre-orders from across the globe and will receive it's official launch at The London A Cappella Festival 2016.
Dominic and Mark will lead a special workshop and masterclass as part of the laucch and be on hand to sign copies of their book.
Dominic conducts operatic world premier
1st December 2015
In a continuation of his commitment to new music and pioneering premiers over the last two years, this December Dominic conducted the world premier of David Earl's 'Strange Ghost'.
The performances took place at the iconic and hidden Cambridge Festival Theatre dating back to 1814 and forms part of a series of anniversaries of both venue, and the central character of the opera - Rupert Brooke.
The opera, with libretto by Juliet Jenkin was developed from a song cycle and is designed to commemorate Brooke's centenary this year and consists of ten key scenes from his life. Speaking at the derss rehearsal, Dominic spoke of his adulation for the composer and cast... "I'm truly honoured to be a the helm of such an ground-breaking new opera and was thrilled to be invited by David Earl. This incredible cast has brought to life a remarkable story and I know this this will be the first of many performances of this heartfelt and rich score."
Dominic joins Gareth Malone for new BBC series
21st September 2015
After months of secrecy, the news is out! Dominic spent most of June this year filming with Choirmaster Gareth Malone and TwentyTwenty Television for a brand new BBC series celebrating all things a cappella. 'The Naked Choir' begins this Tuesday on BBC2 at 9pm and follows the journey of an array of contrasting vocal groups from across the UK as they compete to be crowned the most entertaining a cappella group.
Dominic was invited to be Lead Mentor for the TV show and takes a very personal one-on-one role as he develops the different groups throughout the competition alongside a team of leading music figures: Mark De Lisser , Leontine Hass , Katherine Gant, Jason Pennycooke and Ballzee.
Watch episode 1 here
"It was an absolute thrill to be involved in mentoring these amazing groups" said Dominic during a recent interview about the show. "These groupd are all so dedicated and talented and its been wonderful to see them grow collectiuvely and as individuals throughout this unique process" .
The Nakes Choir with Gareth Malone starts Tuesday 22nd September at 9pm on BBC2.
Critics applaud Vienna Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle collaboration with Dominic at BBC Proms
12th September 2015
"Magnificent! ...Whatever the challenge, these young singers rose to it...." - The Telegraph
"The stars were The BBC Proms Youth Choir" - The Guardian
In his recently appointed role as Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir, Dominic joined forces the BBC Proms Youth Choir in a special performance of Elgar's 'Dream of Gerontius' conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as the penultimate performance in this year's BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall.
This unique collaboration with Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic was the fastest selling event of the entire Proms' season and is being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, with subsequent performances at Birmingham Symphony Hall and The 2015 Lucerne Festival.
"The was one of the most aniticipated events in the UK's concert calendar this year and I am delighted to be involved aloing with so many other brilliant young choirs and such illustrious soloists"... said Dominic at the first full rehearsal with Simon Halsey (BBC Proms Youth Choir Director) ... "UYC are so honoured to be part of these performances and I know the experience will stay with them and the audiences for years to come"
Dominic appointed Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir
21st August 2015
The Ulster Youth Choir is delighted to announce that Dominic Peckham has been appointed as our new Artistic Director. Dominic has directed the Ulster Youth Training Choir for over eight years and is renowned for his huge energy and passion for youth choral music. He also holds an impressive array of posts including Artistic Director of the Royal Opera House’s ‘RM19’ Youth Chorus, Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Artistic Director and Founder of iSingUK, Artistic Director of the Fourth Choir, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music as well as Musical Director at the London Oriana Choir.
Speaking of his appointment Dominic Peckham said: "I am thrilled and deeply honoured to be appointed as Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir. I am so very excited to be responsible for the direction, innovation and development of such a cherished and renown organisation. Furthermore I am humbled to be tasked with inspiring and connecting with young singers from across Northern Ireland, whilst nurturing the choirs towards new and exciting performance opportunities and collaborations, both at home and abroad."
For more information, visit uyc.org.uk
Royal Opera House Big Screen return for Dominic
1st July 2015
This Summer Dominic returns as TV Presenter for The Royal Opera House BP Big Screen season and will be broadcasting live across the UK to Big Screens and across the world online and live to cinema. These incredible broadcasts reach over 1million viewers across the world and are part of the The Royal Opera's comitment to free expereinces for audiences throughout their season.
Dominic will be joined by fellow presenters Kirsty Walk and Martha Kearney for thesde special events and will also be leading the nation a Royal Opera Sing-A-Long during the interveal of the performances.
Dominic heads to Dubai for Vivaldi
16th April 2015
As part of the choral celebrations and opening of the new performance centre at The Dubai Centre for Musical Arts, Dominic has been invited to conduct a special performance of Antonio Vivaldi's 'Gloria'.
As part of his visit, Dominic will also be working with young singers from across the Dubai and beyond and performing some of his own specially arranged pieces to an invited audience.
Spring Songs and Shakespeare across London
27th March 2015
Dominic welcomed in the Spring season in style across London with his critically acclaimed ensemble The Fourth Choir through March. Committed to alternative venues and innovative collaborations, The Fourth Choir began their Spring concert season with a special performance for supporters and friends of the choir at at the headquarters of Berwin Leighton & Paisner, before heading to more historical settings the following week.
Chosen as a location for Downtown Abbey's filmset, the stunning Great Hall at Two Temple Place was the setting for the second performance as part of The Bulldog Trust's 'Cotton to Gold' exhibition where audiences were treated to Shakespeare settings of Vaughan-Williams, Britten's 'Five Flower Songs' and an array of folk song arrangements from the Scotland by Sir Hugh Roberton.
.... and then finally to the North - where the choir performed an electrifying recital in aid of the Haringay Migrant Support Centre in the mesmeric surroingins of St Mary's, Stoke Newington. The Choir now looks forward a collaboration with The Meridian Sinfonia and guests soloists for a concert entitle 'Baroque Summer Soltice' at St Peter's Eaton Square; Vivaldi's 'Gloria' and music from Bach, Palestrina, Schutz, Tallis and the UK premier of Antonio Maria Abbatini's "Apparuit Deus Moysi" never performed outside of the Vatican.
The cooncert will also fearture the world premier of 'Thy Eyes Are Sparks' the latest comission from Composer in Residence - Alexander Campkin, a poigniant a daring Epigram by Greek philsopher - Strato.
For more details - click here
American Choral Directors Conference welcomes Dominic to Utah
4th March 2015
Dominic has just returned from a trip to Salt Lake City, USA where he was conducting and attending the 2015 American Choral Directors Association Conference.
In collaboration with Ben Parry and The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, Dominic led a special reading session for delegates in association with Edition Peters in order to introducing them to a groundbreaking new collection of music from China. Edited and compiled by John Winzenburg, 'Half Moon Rising' is a unique publication of traditional folksongs and dialects from China and Tawain made accessible to non-Chinese speaking singers. The anthology was showcased and presented by Dominic and NYCGB as part of the ACDA and preceeded by a UK performance in Suffolk prior to the US trip.
"It's such an incredible collection of music and entralling for audiences across the world" says Dominic when introducing his session to the ACDA Conference. Further to the success of the conference, Dominic and NYCGB Director - Ben Parry will be recording the complete anthology later this year.
Dominic travels to Africa for 'Big Sing Kenya'
6th February 2015
Dominic recently travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to host and conduct 'Big Sing Kenya' as part of HillFest - a celebration of 50 Years of Hillcrest International School hosted by Christopher Wheeler.
Working with singers from across Kenya, Dominic spent 3 days creating and devising a programme of music especially for this unique performance to thousands of audience members in an outside arena within the grounds of Hillcrest. The whole things has been captured throughout social media and press .. so check it out at facebook.com/dominicpeckhamofficial
Dominic plans to return in August this year to work with more people throughout Nairobi and to discuss the inaugural National Youth Choir of Kenya for 2016!
"My visit to Kenya was truly life-changing" said Dominic upon his return.. "the people are so welcoming, talented and generous and the country and atmosphere is unique, beautiful and unforgettable. I cannot wait to get back!!"
A Mother's Pride : Celebrating Mothering Sunday with a world premier in Covent Garden
20th January 2015
To commemorate Mothering Sunday, Dominic will be conducting a world premier by British composer - Toby Young in the renwon 'Actors Church' - St Paul's Covent Garden. The critically acclaimed London Oriana Choir and Dominic will be performing repertoire dedicated to the Holy Mother from across the centuries and spanning composers from all corners of the globe. From the iconic sacred sounds of Tavener's 'Hymn to the Mother of God', to the lesser known Lukasweski's 'Ave Maria' and the choral masterpiece for upper voices - Holst's 'Ave Maria' (dedicated to his own Mother).
Dominic spoke of his joy at returning to St Paul's... "I am very much looking forward to returning to Covent Garden for this special concert, and particularly excited to perform the world premier by our composer in residence - Toby Young. This will mark the end of our three commissions from Toby, but very much the beginning for this outstanding musician."
Dominic conducts 1000 voices for The Royal Opera House
22nd October 2013
Dominic took his collaborations and large-scale events to new heights this September with 1000 voices in the piazza of Covent Garden for The Royal Opera House. As Musical Director of ‘The Festival of Voices’ – part of The 2013 Deloitte Ignite Festival curated by Stephen Fry, Dominic was charged with directing a whole day of workshops celebrating the work of Giuseppe Verdi for invited choirs and members of the public. In an event which took over 6 months of planning, Dominic then took the helm of the massed group of singers, the BBC Concert Orchestra Brass Ensemble and The BBC Symphony Chorus and flashmobbed a Sunday afternoon audience in the piazza with a rousing and unforgettable performance of Verdi’s ‘Va Pensiero’ – The Chorus of The Hebrew Slaves from ‘Nabucco’.
The event was a huge success and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’.
You can watch Dominic’s interview and a special filming of this ground-breaking project.
Find more information and reaction on the event on the Covent Garden website.
Dominic conducts Britten at Downing Street
8th October 2013
The international singing project for young people across four continents – ‘Friday Afternoons’ to mark the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten, was celebrated on 8th October 2013 at No.11 Downing Street. Throughout the year, Dominic has been presenting and directing a series of National events for Aldeburgh Music as part of their centenary celebrations and was invited to conduct and arrange a special performance for an audience of honoured guests, MPs, composers and leading musical figures.
Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, said:
"The take-up of Friday Afternoons has amazed everyone involved in the project. It started as an East Anglian initiative, then through a fantastic group of arts and education partners spread to all parts of the UK, and now there will be young people singing in many different countries across nine time zones. It’s remarkable that a project born in Britten’s home town of Aldeburgh, with its population of 2,500, now looks set to inspire over 100,000 children across the world."
Find out more about the Friday Afternoon’s project and Dominic’s further involvement.