Eamonn Dougan

 

“Eamonn Dougan conducted the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices in a radiant performance.”

Richard Morrison, The Times

Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational director and renowned baritone. Dougan read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Informed by his singing, Dougan is an engaging communicator with a passion for Bach and Twentieth Century English repertoire amongst others.

Eamonn Dougan is the first Associate Conductor of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The Sixteen and has directed the ensemble to considerable acclaim. Engagements have included performances in France, Spain, Belgium and on The Sixteen's annual Choral Pilgrimage in the UK; he made his debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in a celebration of James MacMillan’s 50th birthday. Other highlights with The Sixteen have included the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s Ave Regina Caelorum at the opening of Kings Place, a recording with Icelandic ensemble Sigur Ros and the closing concert of the Henry VIII 500th anniversary celebrations at the Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich. Dougan’s debut recording directing The Sixteen featured works by Polish baroque composer Bartlomiej Pekiel (CORO, 2013) met with widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’ – The Observer; ‘A delightful performance’ – BBC Music Magazine). Disc two in the Polish series, The Blossoming Vine (‘Liquid vocal lines pliantly shaped here by conductor Eamonn Dougan’ - BBC Music Magazine) was released in 2014 followed by a third disc of music by Gorczycki in spring 2015. The fourth disc in this cutting-edge set will be recorded in autumn 2015 and is to feature music by the little known but extraordinary composer Pacelli. Dougan’s other recording projects include two discs of Margaret Rizza’s music released by Naxos and the Royal Schools of Church Music.

Dougan is the founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, with whom he has conducted a number of world premières including Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua and Nico Muhly Looking Forward for the Britten Sinfonia’s 20th birthday at the Barbican. He is a regular Guest Conductor with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Poland, the Coro de la Comunidad, Madrid and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra & Chorus. He is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and has assisted various conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Mark Elder, working with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Northern Sinfonia and The Hallé. Recent directing projects have included a Handel Messiah tour with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms at the St. Endellion Festival, Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass with Huddersfield Choral Society and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel Coronation Anthems at the Oundle International Festival. Other recent projects with the Britten Sinfonia have included Bach St John Passion, MacMillan St Luke Passion, Britten Curlew River and Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera.

In September 2008 he was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort. His passion for choral training is also visible as he leads workshops across the UK and Europe, including for Sir James MacMillan’s Cumnock Festival in Ayreshire. He has recently accepted the position of Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society and will be conducting four concerts with them in 2015.

Future conducting engagements include Fauré Requiem for the inaugural Cumnock Festival Chorus concert in autumn 2015, further performances with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Brahms and Vaughan Williams with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, tours of Handel Messiah, MacMillan Seven Last Words and Bach Cantatas with Britten Sinfonia as well as a new recording project, and a wealth of Choral Pilgrimage performances for The Sixteen.

As a soloist Eamonn has sung with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Comunidad, Madrid, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Orchestra of The Sixteen in repertoire ranging from the Bach Passions to Berio and the world première of Joubert’s Wings of Faith.  

His solo recordings include Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem as well as the première recordings of Arvo Pärt’s Von Angesicht zu Angesicht and Cecilia MacDowell’s Stabat Mater.

He has appeared on disc and the concert platform throughout the world with many of Britain’s leading ensembles and is a member of the multi award-winning I Fagiolini.

 

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