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. In 2006 Dougan was appointed as The Sixteen's Assistant Conductor; now Associate Conductor he has directed the group throughout the UK and Europe and is involved in their extensive education programme. Informed by his singing, Dougan is an engaging communicator with a passion for Bach and Twentieth Century English repertoire amongst others. Dougan is also Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. 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.

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."

Directing projects have included Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms at the St. Endellion Festival, Handel Coronation Anthems at the Oundle International Festival and a new arrangement of Sean O'Riada's mass for the Louth Contemporary Music Society. He has conducted two world premières with the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices - Nico Muhly Looking Forward for their 20th birthday at the Barbican and Ä’riks Ešenvalds’ Aqua in Cambridge. Other recent projects with the Britten Sinfonia have included Bach St John Passion, Britten Curlew River and Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera. Future engagements include conducting Messiah tours with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Britten Sinfonia, Choral Pilgrimage performances with The Sixteen, Haydn Nelson Mass with both Britten Sinfonia and the Huddersfield Choral Society, and MacMillan Seven Last Words.

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 is shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. This is the first disc in a series of Polish Baroque recordings with The Sixteen. The second disc, The Blossoming Vine, was released in Spring 2014.

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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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