Eamonn Dougan   conductor

Eamonn made his first Lacock appearance at the Corsham Consort Workshop in April 2009, and directs the Jimena de la Frontera Music Week in September 2014, when the repertoire will reflect some of his recent work with The Sixteen: music from Poland and Spain, and settings of texts from The Song of Songs.

Eamonn Dougan read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He now pursues a busy schedule working as both singer and conductor.

In 2006 Eamonn was appointed the first Assistant Conductor of the world renowned vocal ensemble The Sixteen and is now The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor. He has directed the ensemble to considerable acclaim in concerts across England and Europe. Recent engagements with The Sixteen have included performances in France, Spain, Belgium and on The Sixteen’s annual Choral Pilgrimage in the UK; he made his debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in a celebration of James MacMillan’s 50th birthday and co-directed The Earth Resounds, the latest recording to be released on their CORO label. Other highlights with The Sixteen have included the world premier of Gabriel Jackson’s Ave Regina Caelorum in collaboration with guitarist Tom Kerstens and the International Guitar Foundation at the opening of Kings Place, a recording with Icelandic ensemble Sigur Ros and the closing concert of the Henry VIII 500th anniversary celebrations at the Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich.

Eamonn is Principal Guest Conductor of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Chorus Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. He is a regular Guest Conductor with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Poland, the Coro de la Comunidad, Madrid and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra & Chorus. He is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and choral coach and has assisted various conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer and Sir Mark Elder working with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Halle. Recent projects have included Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms at the St. Endellion Festival, Handel Coronation Anthems at the Oundle International Festival and the new arrangement of Sean O’Riada’s mass for the Louth Contemporary Music Society.

In September 2008 he was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort.

As a soloist Eamonn has sung with The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Comunidad, Madrid, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Orchestra of The Sixteen. Recent performances have included Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Nelson Mass at Symphony Hall, Bach’s St. John Passion at the Chichester festival, Bach’s B Minor Mass at the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Lyon and Handel’s Messiah at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid.

His solo recordings include Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Brahms’ Requiem in its two-piano version as well as motets by Giovanni Grillo and the premiere recording of Arvo Pärt’s Von Angesicht zu Angesicht.

He has appeared on disc and the concert platform throughout the world with many of Britain’s leading ensembles and is a member of the multi award-winning I Fagiolini.