Barnaby Smith

…conducted with infectious energy by Barnaby Smith… this Messiah rocked along with breathtaking fervour…

The Observer

Barnaby Smith

Conductor / Artistic Director / Countertenor

Barnaby Smith is Artistic Director of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8, LIVE From London digital festivals, and the UK and US arms of The VOCES8 Foundation. He is in demand as a conductor, choir trainer, countertenor and arranger. Barnaby completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he was a pupil of Andreas Scholl. Barnaby is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme.

With a schedule that takes him around the world, recent highlights include performances at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, La Seine Musicale and Cité de la Musique in Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, BOZAR, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Utrecht Early Music Festival and residencies at the St Andrew’s Voices Festival and St Magnus Festival.

Recent repertoire highlights include Handel: Messiah, Dixit Dominus, Coronation Anthems, Birthday Ode to Queen Anne, Ode to St Cecilia, Israel in Egypt and Saul; Bach: St John Passion, Mass in B Minor and Magnificat in D; Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Come Ye Sons of Art Away, and Odes to Queen Mary and St Cecilia; Haydn: Nelson Mass and Creation; Mozart: Mass in C Minor, Requiem in D Minor, Overtures to the Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro, and Symphony no. 40; Beethoven: Symphony no. 5; Vaughan-Williams: Five Mystical Songs; Verdi: Requiem; Dove: The Passing of the Year; and new commissions by Ola Gjeilo, Jonathan Dove, Roxanna Panufnik, Taylor Davis, Alexander Levine, Ivan Moody, Mårten Jansson, Roderick Williams and Owain Park.

Overture from The Magic Flute – Mozart

Barnaby’s collaborations include Rachel Podger, Roderick Williams, Christina Pluhar, Masaki Suzuki, Jonathan Dove, Jacob Collier; conducting includes the Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia, Australian National Academy of Music, the English Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Monte Carlo Symphony and he directed the music for the Olympic Mascots Film Scores at Abbey Road Studios with the British Film Orchestra. Recent digital collaborations include The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The Tallis Scholars, the Academy of Ancient Music and Chanticleer. Barnaby is also Artistic Director of the Milton Abbey International Music Festival, and co-curates and teaches on the MMus programme in Choral Studies at Cambridge University.

On disc Barnaby has released commercially on Decca Classics, Universal, Sony, Warner, Naxos, Signum Classics and VOCES8 Records. His most recent recording, After Silence, was given Gramophone Editor’s Disc Choice. He has four no.1 selling albums on Decca Classics and VOCES8 Records, received Classic FM Album of the Year 2015, and has nine Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Bach: Gloria from B Minor Mass

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