Justin Doyle   conductor

Justin made a very successful Lacock debut at the 2013 Corsham Winter School and directed the Trogir Music Week in  2014. In February 2016 he led Singing in Castara, the first Lacock course on the Caribben island of Tobago. With admirable foresight he called his programme ‘Tallis in Tobago, part I’. He was invited to return in January 2018 to complete the project.

Born in Lancaster, Justin is now the principal conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir. He was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers.

Recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and a cover CD for BBC Music Magazine.

Justin has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the period-instrument Retrospect Ensemble; their first collaboration was Haydn’s chamber opera Lo Speziale in November 2013. Justin is also currently Principal Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir and of Manchester University Chorus, and is actively involved in music education as Musical Director of Opera North Children’s Chorus; previous posts have included Artistic Director of both Ryedale Festival and Swaledale Festival. His broad musical tastes have led him  to work with period instrument ensembles such as Da Chiesa baroque ensemble and the Harmony of Nations, collaborate with African musicians and arrange folk music from all over the world, conduct live orchestral film scores (such as Olé Schmidt Jeanne d’Arc and Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf with Orchestra of Opera North) and undertake research on Haydn and the music of Hungary.

Justin is particularly known for his conducting of opera; productions include Bizet Carmen, Donizetti The Elixir of Love, Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel, Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus (Eastern Opera), Haydn L’infedeltà delusa (English Touring Opera), Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice, Handel Orlando, Mozart Die Zauberflöte, Haydn Philemon und Baucis, Kodály Háry János (Ryedale Festival Opera), Mozart Così fan tutte, The Abduction from the Seraglio and La Clemenza di Tito (Opera North). Recent engagements include Britten Albert Herring for Opera North, which met with critical acclaim: 'Justin Doyle and the Opera North Orchestra work wonders to dispatch Britten’s mischievous and miraculous chamber score with pungency and precision’ (Richard Morrison, The Times).