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Chamber Choir

Peter Foggitt, director

Peter Foggitt is an organist, conductor, composer, and pianist. He 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 the Croydon Concerto Competition - and was a finalist in the 2017 St Albans International Organ Improvisation Competition. Recent recital venues include Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, and Leiston Abbey; future engagements include the complete Well-Tempered Clavier.

His music has been commissioned and performed by artists including Angela Hewitt, the Choirs of St Paul's, Chichester, Manchester and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Dame Shirley Bassey, opera companies and choral societies; his Handel-inspired opera Pale Shadows was made into a feature film in 2013. Two albums of his solo vocal music, including settings of Spenser's Amoretti for countertenor and piano, and of the Keats Odes, are due for release next year.

Peter's career as a conductor began as interim Chorus Master at the Royal Danish Opera, and has since involved performances with his own octet, Cries of London, at concert halls and festivals around the UK. Recent engagements have included working as Assistant Conductor at the Royal Opera House (4:48 Psychosis), and in the first opera at Latitude Festival, Cautionary Tales; last year, he conducted the recent release - Ablaze with Light - of William Petter's choral music (5* The Guardian). He teaches conducting at the University of Durham, and works as a vocal coach preparing soloists for appearances with all the principal opera companies and early music ensembles. In addition to his work with Orlando Chamber Choir, Peter is Organist of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, and Director of Music in Chapel at St John's College, Durham. He is Director-elect of Music at Hampstead Parish Church, which position he will take up in January 2018.

Peter 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. He is currently the Radcliffe Scholar (doctoral) in composition at the University of Durham.

Visit him at peterfoggitt.com, or send him amusing pictures of puffins and delicious cake recipes @peterfoggitt.

Peter Foggitt
Peter Foggitt