Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Dominic Ellis-Peckham - Friday Afternoons Ambassador

Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor and chorus master, specialising in opera and choral performance. 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 Chamber Choir of London, Principle Conductor of The Rosewood Sinfonia, a Guest Conductor for London Mozart Players, a regular 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 Chorus Director and Visiting Artist at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and 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 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.
Recent 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. This year Dominic performs in Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Italy and Oman, joined Opera Holland Park as Chorus Master receiving critical acclaim for his preparation of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Iolanta’, Stravinsky’s ‘Rake’s Progress’ and Cilea’s ‘l’Arlesiana’ and his UK performances highlights include: Mozart's 'Requiem', Orff's 'Carmina Burana', Bach's 'St John Passion', as well as collaborations with Riger Vignoles, Mark Padmore and Chamber Choir of London for Aldeburgh Festival and a world premiers and recordings with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Listen to Dominic's latest releases from Chamber Choir of London on Apple Music and Spotify.

Resources

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Resource Author / Ambassador Category Description
Diction: Vowels
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
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Our Friday Afternoons Ambassadors show us how to articulate our vowels when we are singing.

Dynamics
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Emily Barden
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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

High Range
Charlotte Brosnan
Dominic Ellis-Peckham
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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Dominic Ellis-Peckham demonstrate some techniques to help with singing high notes.