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Chamber Choir

Peter Foggitt, guest director

Orlando Chamber Choir was directed by Will Dawes until mid-March 2017. While we are looking for a successor - to be announced in the next few months - the 2017 summer term is led by Peter Foggitt.

Peter Foggitt is a conductor, composer and keyboardist, and is currently the Radcliffe Scholar (doctoral) in composition and musicology at the University of Durham.

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, which will be premiered in March. A commercial recording of his music, based around settings of Spenser's Amoretti, is due for release later this 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, and in the first opera at Latitude Festival, Cautionary Tales; last year, he conducted the recordings for the forthcoming release (March 2017) of William Petter's choral music.

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.

As an organist, he has appeared in recital and broadcast as both soloist and accompanist; future performances include Nielsen's epic Commotio.

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.

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

Peter Foggitt
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