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.
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