At a glance
In Peckham, there is a latent star. His super-clear direction of both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ensemble and his eager choir was energising and energising…Kenneth Walton - The Scotsman
Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. Peckham has been praised at home and abroad for his ‘freshness and vitality’ directing both orchestras and choirs.
Dominic Peckham is regarded as one of the UK's finest dynamic orchestral and choral conductors of his generation. Peckham has been praised at home and abroad for his ‘freshness and vitality’ directing both orchestras and choirs. A conductor of immense energy and focus delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’, Peckham is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionate about the delivery of new works and inspirational collaborations.
Peckham has been commended by reviewers as 'a lithe and modern Handelian...' and has worked with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and has marked his debut at the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Wigmore Hall. In addition, he has prepared performances for conductors Stephane Deneve, Richard Hickox, Bernard Labadie, Edward Gardner, Simon Halsey, David Hill, Christopher Bell, Vassily Sinaisky, Sir David Willcocks, Lorin Maazel, Stefan Bevier and John Rutter.
Peckham holds an impressive array of posts including Artistic Director of the National Youth Choir of Kenya, Musical Director of the London Oriana Choir, Assistant Music Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Artistic Director of the Fourth Choir and Director of the Ulster Youth Choir.
Recent and upcoming posts include Guest Chorus Master at English National Opera; returning as Guest Conductor for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Chorus Master for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; Director of the BBC Northern Ireland Workplace Choir; and Presenter for the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens. In June 2016 Peckham conducted the London Mozart Players in a unique concert celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, which marked the orchestra’s final concert in their home venue, Fairfield Halls, before its major refurbishment.
An ambassador of international renown for choral and vocal music through both performance and extensive pioneering educational work across the world, Dominic appeared on BBC 2 as lead mentor for The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone and released a book with Bloomsbury Publishing entitled ‘Inspire your Choir’. He regularly appears as a keynote speaker and educator at musical and non-musical conferences across the globe and has visited Kenya, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Qatar, Singapore, Nepal, Bangkok and China. Upcoming appearances include Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands as well as institutions across the UK.
Keen to promote and support new music, Peckham has conducted several world premieres, notably Oliver Searle’s ‘Pride, Poverty and Pianos’ for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Toby Young's 'Love and Harmony', three premieres by Cheryl Frances-Hoad for the London Mozart Players, and Alexander Campkin’s ‘The First Kiss’. In 2016 Peckham launched Five15 with the London Oriana Choir, a ground-breaking new musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers. A talented composer and arranger himself, Peckham’s recent premières include works with the National Youth Jazz Collective and the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain at the Barbican.
After success earlier in the year in Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, the Netherlands and Kenya, conductor and educator Dominic Peckham works with schools in Nepal, Thailand and China this autumn. Read more
Conductor Dominic Peckham has recently launched Five15, a ground-breaking new musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers with London Oriana Choir (LOC). Read more
Conductor and choral ambassador Dominic Peckham revisits Kenya this week for a major tour of the country for the new National Youth Choir. Read more
Dominic Peckham visit Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, and the British Schools in the Middle East conference in Qatar. Read more
Whilst in Nairobi Dominic worked extensively with staff and students from Hillcrest International School, leading workshops on the Choir, and masterclasses with pupils of all ages. Read more
Dominic Peckham is a man on a mission to get more people singing...Peckham has not only the requisite hip-and-grooviness to endear him to the slightly more cynical singers, but the passion about his subject to convey that message... ...The infectious rhythms and physical movements together with Peckham’s vocal direction get even the most reluctant of people bursting into song...Jonathan Wikely - Music Teacher Magazine
Something of a tour de forceDave Simpson - The Guardian
Dominic Peckham shaped a truly sublime sound providing a lush, sweet tone and seamlessly shifted between moodsMiranda Heggie – The Herald
In Peckham, there is a latent star. His super-clear direction of both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra ensemble - integral to the Searle score - and his eager choir was energising and energisingKenneth Walton – The Scotsman
the choral forces [were] superbly preparedGuy Dammann - The Guardian
Dominic Peckham is a lithe and modern Handelian who is able to get the best from his vocal forcesConrad Wilson – The Herald
Dominic knew exactly what he wanted to elicit in terms of phrasing, diction and colour - and achieved itSir John Elliot Gardiner
Peckham’s brought the curtain down with a flourish…his choice of repertoire is interesting, varied and challengingSandy Scott – Edinburgh Evening News
no surprise that there were almost no empty seats…immediately effective and approachablePeter Low – The Buxton Advertiser
The ensemble is certainly enjoying an unprecedented revival fired with Dominic’s enthusiasmSandra Dick – Edinburgh Evening News
A scintillating performanceFife Free Press
charismatic, uncompromising and energetic approachUppingham School
There is a freshness and vitality from Dominic which communicates to the audience, and the whole effect is vibrantMaking Music UK
An inspiring presenceThe National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
Selected Discography —
From Babylon to Brazil: Songs of Love and Devotion [London Oriana Choir]
Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia [Deutsche Grammophon]
a tour de force
A Festival of Britten - The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain [Delphian/Harmonia Mundi]
you get the joy of fresh voices cleanly singing a generous cross-section of Britten's output. 4*
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