Chamber Choir

Peter Foggitt, director

Peter Foggitt is a conductor, composer, pianist, and organist. He made his BBC Radio 3 debut at 21, playing Rachmaninov's third 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.

Peter's 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 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. Peter is Director of Music in Chapel at St John's College, Durham, Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church, Musical Director of Orlando Chamber Choir and, from September 2018, Director of Chapel Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Future engagements include the Verdi en Brahms Requiems, and the St John Passion of J.S. Bach.

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

Oliver John Ruthven, guest director

Orlando Chamber Choir welcomes Oliver John Ruthven as its guest director for the 2018 Christmas term.

Oliver John Ruthven is a conductor and continuo player based in London. He began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and went on from there to Tonbridge School and the University of Manchester. He graduated from Manchester in 2006 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Music.

In opera, Oliver John was Music Director of Hampstead Garden Opera from 2008 to 2017, conducting a huge variety of repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Jonathan Dove via Handel, Mozart and Donizetti. He was assistant conductor to The Grange Festival in their recent production of Handel’s Agrippina.

Since 2010, Oliver John has worked with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. This has principally been as a continuo keyboard player, but he has also sung as a tenor in the choir, acted as assistant conductor on several tours, and, most recently, produced a recording of Renaissance and early baroque polyphony, due to be released around Easter 2019.

Oliver John is in much demand as a continuo player, working as harpsichordist and organist for the English Baroque Soloists under Gardiner, and as a founder member of Musica Poetica. He has also played with Stile Antico, the Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts, and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble.

As a choral conductor and accompanist, Oliver John has worked with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Hallé Youth Choir, the Brighton Early Music Festival, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's education department.

He has been conductor of the Morgan Stanley Choir since 2013, and he has been conductor of the Mercers’ Choir since 2017.

You can reach Oliver John via Twitter at @OJRuthven or read more about him on his own website at oliverjohnruthven.co.uk.

Oliver John Ruthven
Oliver John Ruthven