‘Eamonn Dougan conducted the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices in a radiant performance.’ Richard Morrison, The Times
Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational conductor and renowned baritone. He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. Informed by his singing, Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a particular passion for Bach, the French Baroque and 16th and 20th Century English repertoire.
Forthcoming conducting engagements include his debut with the Danish National VokalEnsemblet and return visits to work with the KoncertKor and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Further collaborations with violinist Harriet McKenzie include a new commission by Julian Joseph and a specially curated programme, Sun, Moon and Sky, for Salisbury Festival including Deborah Pritchard’s double concerto for violin and harp which includes projections and was inspired by Maggi Hambling’s series of paintings ‘EDGE’ about global warming and the melting of the polar icecaps. Return visits to ORCAM, the Jersey and Corinthian chamber orchestras and chamber opera for Ryedale Festival beckon alongside his continued work with The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia and educating choral groups across the world including conducting his own Thomas Tallis Society and Genesis Sixteen.
Eamonn recently conducted the world premiere of James MacMillan All the Hills and Vales Along at the Cumnock Tryst Festival ‘Eamonn Dougan conducted a moving, tight-knit performance’ (Scotsman), Messiah with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Capella Amsterdam, and made his Paris debut at the La Seine Musicale with renowned ensemble Accentus. He recently assisted Sir Mark Elder for Opera Rara’s next recording and its premiere performance at Royal Festival Hall.
He has directed many orchestras and choirs including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Trondheim Barokk, Opera Rara, BBC Singers, Accentus (Paris), Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir (Poland), and Coro de la Comunidad, Madrid (ORCAM). Programming highlights have included curating and conducting ‘A Weekend of Excessively Good Taste’ (French Baroque) at Kings Place, London.
With the Britten Sinfonia Voices he has conducted several world premieres including Sir John Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua, Nico Muhly Looking Forward for the Britten Sinfonia’s 20th birthday and the choral premiere of Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée at the Barbican. Other projects with the Britten Sinfonia have included Bach St John Passion, MacMillan St Luke Passion and Seven Last Words, Britten Curlew River, Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera, Possibly Colliding: Session Six and a programme featuring Stravinsky & Mozart at Milton Court as part of the Barbican’s Esa-Pekka Salonen composer focus. He has assisted various conductors including Sir James MacMillan, Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer and Sir Mark Elder.
Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was met with widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’, The Observer; ‘A delightful performance’, BBC Music Magazine). Subsequent discs in the series include The Blossoming Vine, music by Gorczycki, and Helper and Protector. The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released in 2017. ‘The sound is radiant throughout and well balanced … each work is finely shaped by director Eamonn Dougan’, Limelight Magazine.
In 2008 Eamonn was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort; he is Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society. Eamonn read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Eamonn Dougan is managed worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk