Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus, delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’. He has received critical acclaim for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations, specialising in choral music.
Praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction choral and orchestral performances and recordings, Dominic holds an array of positions, including Guest Conductor for Aldeburgh Music, Music Director of London Oriana Choir, Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Chamber Choir of London, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dominic is Chorus Director and Visiting Artist 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 many others. He conducted The London Mozart Players in a Royal Gala performance for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, including a world premiere by Roxanna Panufnik.
Previous positions include: Artistic Director of Ulster Youth Choir; Guest Conductor of the National Youth Training Choir of Scotland; Visiting Conductor for Eton Choral Course; Artistic Director for The Royal Opera House’s Youth Ensemble ‘RM19’; Chorus Master for English National Opera (during which Dominic received critical acclaim from The New York Times for his ‘powerful and accomplished chorus’ and from The Guardian for being ‘superbly prepared’ for the world premiere of Julian Anderson’s Thebans).
Commended by reviewers as ‘a latent star’ Dominic has prepared choristers and choruses for The Bach Choir, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He regularly conducts The Meridian Sinfonia and London Mozart Players and performs 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 Stéphane Denève, Sir Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner OBE, Simon Halsey CBE, David Hill, Robert Ziegler, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks CBE, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier and John Rutter CBE.
Internationally renown as a choral specialist and for his pioneering educational work, Dominic appears regularly on TV and radio as a presenter and choral expert, most notably for BBC 2, BBC Radio 3 & 4 and SkyArts. In 2016 he published his first book with Bloomsbury Publishing entitled Inspire Your Choir and released an anthology of his arrangements and compositions in Autumn 2018. Recent appearances and performances have taken him to Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore, Nepal, Bangkok, the Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur, the USA 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 and Kerry Andrew’s Who We Are for the Royal Albert Hall. Dominic works closely with the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) and in 2014 was invited to be Chair of the Choral Category for The British Composer Awards. In 2016 Dominic launched Five15 – a ground-breaking new musical venture, championing women composers’ own choral music, developing a legacy of commissions, workshops and masterclasses, aiming to inspire generations to come.
A talented composer and arranger himself, Dominic’s recent premieres include works for the Globe Theatre, the National Youth Jazz Collective, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Royal Albert Hall and Fusionopolis, Singapore.
Recent engagements include the world premiere of Alexander Campkin’s The Ghost of Shadwell Stairs at London’s iconic Brunel Tunnels, The Royal Opera’s La traviata Big Screens, performances of Kingdom Hearts in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore, a live broadcast for BBC Music Day 2017, The Seeker for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest conductor appearances in Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Engagements this season include: Mentor and Guest Conductor for Tenebrae’s Associate Artists, Guest Conductor for The Cathedral Choristers of Britain National Concerts and Workshops, the 2018 Opera Gala for The Rainhill Festival, a Far East tour of Bach and Vivaldi with The Chamber Choir of London, Guest Conductor for St Martin-in-the-Fields Fellows, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for La bohème for Stones Opera and Straßenchor, Berlin, EUROTREFF Festival 2019, live broadcasts for BBC Music Day, the world premiere of Rebecca Dale’s Nox Perpetua with London Mozart Players, Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D minor with Meridian Sinfonia, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, 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. Dominic joins the music staff as Chorus Master of Opera Holland Park in 2019.
Dominic’s acclaimed ensemble Chamber Choir of London have released a series of new singles all available on iTunes, Spotify and other music services.
Scholar: Chetham’s School of Music
BMus (Hons) R.S.A.M.D
P.G Dip OP R.S.A.M.D
P.G Dip Concert Singing R.S.A.M.D
Teaching and Educational Background
Guest Lecturer: University of Oxford
Fellowship: Alexander Gibson Fellowship: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Author: Inspire Your Choir (Harper Collins)