Eamonn Dougan

Eamonn Dougan conducted the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices in a radiant performance.

Richard Morrison, The Times

liquid vocal lines pliantly shaped here by conductor Eamonn Dougan.

BBC Music Magazine

Eamonn Dougan was such an inspiration with our singers last year that we had to get him back...

Sir James MacMillan

Eamonn Dougan


Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational director and renowned baritone. Eamonn read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Informed by his singing, Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a passion for Bach and Twentieth Century English repertoire amongst others.

Eamonn has directed many orchestras and choirs throughout the years including BBC Singers, Accentus (Paris), Opera Rara, Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir (Poland), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Hallé, and Coro de la Comunidad (Madrid). He has conducted Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms at the St. Endellion Festival, Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass with Huddersfield Choral Society and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Handel Coronation Anthems at the Oundle International Festival and Handel Messiah tours with Irish Baroque Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. He has also assisted various conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Mark Elder.

Martyn Brabbins writes "Eamonn Dougan is fast emerging as a leading conductor of the younger generation. He has vast experience as a solo singer, a chorus conductor and as a highly respected member of the London professional choir scene, and, is rapidly developing his profile as an orchestral conductor.

Eamonn is a musician of great integrity, and sets himself, and those with whom he works the very highest standards of execution, and he delivers performances of energy, vitality and vision. I am confident Eamonn Dougan will establish himself as a British conductor of note in the coming years."

Eamonn is the first Associate Conductor of the vocal ensemble The Sixteen and has directed the group to considerable acclaim. Engagements have included performances in France, Spain, Belgium and on The Sixteen's annual Choral Pilgrimage in the UK. He is also involved in their extensive education programme - Genesis Sixteen

Eamonn created a Polish disc series with The Sixteen making his recording directorial debut in 2013. The first disc featured works by Polish baroque composer Bartlomiej Pekiel which was met with widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a 2014 Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’ – The Observer; ‘A delightful performance’ – BBC Music Magazine). Disc two, The Blossoming Vine (‘Liquid vocal lines pliantly shaped here by conductor Eamonn Dougan’ - BBC Music Magazine) was released in 2014 followed by a third disc of music by Gorczycki in 2015. The fourth disc in this cutting-edge series, Helper and Protector, was released in April 2016. Gramophone Magazine declared ‘they’re just getting to the good stuff’ with music by Pacielli, Marenzio, and Bertolusi. 

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Eamonn is also the founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, with whom he has conducted a number of world premieres including Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua and Nico Muhly Looking Forward. 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, and Possibly Colliding: Session Six at the Barbican.

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 also the Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society and Associate Conductor for the London Youth Choir where his passion for choral training continues to be visible.

Upcoming engagements include curating a weekend of excessively good taste at Kings Place, MacDowell Stabat Mater for MacMillan’s Cumnock Festival Chorus concert, Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée at the Barbican and Bach St John Passion with Britten Sinfonia, Trondheim BarokkCappella Caeciliana (Belfast), a return to Corinthian Chamber Orchestra and ORCAM (Spain), Bach Magnificat (Antwerp) with The Sixteen and performances with Thomas Tallis Society.

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