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Chamber Choir

Peter Foggitt, director

Peter Foggitt is a conductor, composer and keyboardist, and is currently the Radcliffe Scholar (doctoral) in composition and musicology at the University of Durham. He read for the BA as a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and undertook further study at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Peter's career as a conductor began as interim Chorus Master at the Royal Danish Opera. He is sought after for his work as a chorus master and conductor of opera, in which capacities he has worked for the National Theatre, the Polish National Opera and the Voices Foundation/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recent engagements have included working as Assistant Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in the first opera at Latitude Festival, Cautionary Tales. In 2016 Peter conducted the recordings of William Petter's choral music.

His training as a bass-baritone uniquely equips him to direct and coach singers. As well as his conducting engagements, he has prepared singers for roles at English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Iford and elsewhere. He is a regular guest coach and workshop leader for  British Youth Opera.

Peter is founder and director of the award-winning vocal octet Cries of London, with whom he has appeared at festivals and major concert halls across the UK.

His music has been commissioned and performed by artists as diverse as Angela Hewitt, the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, Dame Shirley Bassey, opera companies and choral societies; his Handel-inspired opera Pale Shadows was made into a feature film in 2013. Recent performances have included a cello quintet for the professorial staff of Pro Corda (Alexander Baillie, Joely Koos etc.), a jazz setting of Psalm 67 for the Choir of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, and a setting for soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Song of Songs. A commercial recording of his music, based around settings of Spenser's Amoretti, is due for release later this year.

Peter made his BBC Radio 3 debut at 21, playing Rachmaninov's third piano concerto; he has won several competitions for solo and collaborative piano - including the Kathleen Ferrier Award - and was among the last four competitors in the 2015 St Albans International Organ Improvisation Competition. He is organist of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, as well as accompanist for Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. Peter has appeared in organ recitals and broadcasts as both soloist and accompanist; future performances include Nielsen's epic Commotio.

Visit him at peterfoggitt.com or tweet him @peterfoggitt.

Peter Foggitt
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