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. He is the first Associate Conductor of the vocal ensemble The Sixteen and has directed the group to considerable acclaim. He is also involved in their extensive education programme - Genesis Sixteen. Informed by his singing, Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a passion for Bach and Twentieth-century English repertoire amongst others.

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. He is a regular guest conductor with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir in Poland, the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra & Chorus and has recently accepted the positions of Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society and Associate Conductor for the London Youth Choir.

Eamonn is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor and has assisted various conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer, Sir James MacMillan and Sir Mark Elder working with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Hallé.

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."

Future engagements include MacDowell Stabat Mater for the Cumnock Festival Chorus concert in Autumn 2016, further performances with the Valetta International Baroque Ensemble, MacMillan Seven Last Words with the Britten Sinfonia, a return to Accentus in Paris, debuts with Opera Rara and the BBC Singers, and a wealth of Choral Pilgrimage performances with The Sixteen.

His directorial debut recording with The Sixteen featured works by Polish baroque composer Bartlomiej Pekiel (CORO, 2013) was met with widespread critical acclaim ("Richly dramatic" – The Observer; "A delightful performance" – BBC Music Magazine) and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. Disc two in the Polish series The Blossoming Vine, was released in 2014, followed by a third disc of music by Gorczycki in 2015. The fourth disc in this cutting edge set, which features music by the extraordinary composer Pacelli, will be released in Spring 2016.

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

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