Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational communicator with a wide-ranging repertoire and is a renowned vocal coach and baritone.
He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, Music Director of the Thomas Tallis Society, and Chief Conductor for Jersey Chamber Orchestra.
Eamonn has conducted The Sixteen for many years, and recently directed a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series. 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.
Forthcoming conducting engagements include performances as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Bach European series, return visits to the Cumnock Tryst Festival, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), Jersey Chamber Orchestra, and a new disc series with De Profundis. He will assist Sir Mark Elder in the next Opera Rara recording Zingari. This alongside his continued work educating choral groups across the world.
Recent highlights have included the world premiere of James MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along at the Cumnock Tryst Festival, assisting Sir Mark Elder for the world premiere concert and recording of Puccini’s Le Villi with Opera Rara and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducting the off-stage chorus for Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with The Hallé, Britten Sinfonia Voices and Genesis Sixteen for BBC Proms 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2019 he directed The Sixteen’s highly acclaimed tour of Australia and Singapore, Messiah with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Cappella Amsterdam, made his Spanish debut with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, and in Paris at the La Seine Musicale with renowned ensemble Accentus and in Copenhagen with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor. Eamonn directed De Profundis on their Hyperion release Juan Esquivel’s Missa Hortus Conclusus to critical acclaim.
Other conducting engagements have included BBC Singers, Narodowe Forum Muzyki Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Trondheim Barokk, and Wroclaw Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Programming highlights have included a specially curated programme, Sun, Moon and Sky, for Salisbury Festival with violinist Harriet McKenzie and the London Chamber Orchestra which featured Deborah Pritchard’s double concerto for violin and harp alongside projections which were inspired by Maggi Hambling’s series of paintings EDGE and curating and conducting A Weekend of Excessively Good Taste (French Baroque) at Kings Place, London. Eamonn’s developing opera work has included Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Cosi fan tutte with Ryedale Festival Opera.
With Britten Sinfonia Voices he has conducted several world premieres including Sir John Tavener’s Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds’ Aqua, Nico Muhly’s Looking Forward for Britten Sinfonia’s 20th birthday and the choral premiere of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Orphée at the Barbican. Other projects with Britten Sinfonia have included Bach’s St John Passion, James MacMillan’s St Luke Passion and Seven Last Words, Britten’s Curlew River, Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera, Possibly Colliding: Session Six and a programme of 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 is a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort. During the Autumn 2020 term, Eamonn was Acting Director of Music – Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford. 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