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


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

Dougan is also the founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, with whom he has conducted a number of world premières including Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua and Nico Muhly Looking Forward. He is a regular Guest Conductor with Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir Poland, the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra & Chorus and has recently accepted the position of Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society.

Dougan is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor 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 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 including Fauré Requiem for the inaugural Cumnock Festival Chorus concert in Autumn 2015, further performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, tours of Handel Messiah, MacMillan Seven Last Words and Bach Cantatas with the Britten Sinfonia along with a new recording project and a wealth of Choral Pilgrimage performances with The Sixteen.

His debut recording directing The Sixteen featured works by Polish baroque composer Bartlomiej Pekiel (CORO, 2013) 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 spring 2015. The fourth disc, in this cutting edge set, will be recorded in autumn 2015 and is to feature music by the composer Pacelli.

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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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