Barnaby Smith

“sublime performance… the conductor Barnaby Smith and his musicians got the Kyrie Eleison just right: portentous, magnificent, complex”

5* The Times

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

The Observer

"The lovely tone and fullness of Smith’s countertenor was a real asset.”

Opera Today

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.

With a schedule that takes him around the world, Barnaby has performed at many of the world's prestigious festivals and halls including 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, and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

Barnaby has conducted orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, Australian National Academy of Music, 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. 

Ombra Mai Fù from LIVE From London

Bach: Gloria from B Minor Mass

William Walton: The Twelve from LIVE From London featuring VOCES8 Foundation Choir, Peter Holder, and Barnaby Smith

Barnaby’s collaborations include projects with Rachel Podger, Roderick Williams, Christina Pluhar, Masaki Suzuki, Ola Gjeilo, Jonathan Dove, Jacob Collier, and Christopher Tin amongst others. Recent digital collaborations include The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort & Players, The Tallis Scholars, the Academy of Ancient Music, The King's Singers, and Chanticleer. A passionate pedagogue, he has taught at Academies and Universities across the world including co-curating the Master's course in ensemble singing at the University of Cambridge. 

On disc Barnaby has released commercially on Decca Classics, Universal, Sony, Warner, Naxos, Signum Classics and VOCES8 Records. He has five no.1 albums to his credit and numberous awards including Classic FM Album of the Year. Upcoming releases include his first solo album Handel (VOCES8 Records) with guest Mary Bevan and conducting the Philharmonia for the world premiere recording of Mårtin Jansson and Charles Anthony Silvestri's Requiem Novum. Recent releases with VOCES8 include Infinity (Decca Classics) and After Silence (VOCES8 Records).

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine

Overture from The Magic Flute – Mozart

For further projects and for print, please download Barnaby's full biography.

This biography is for information only, and should not be re-printed. Please use the link below to download the version for concert programmes.

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