Eamonn Dougan

“under conductor Eamonn Dougan  [Britten Sinfonia] created an intensity of atmosphere that made one wonder why this music [MacMillan Seven Last Words] would ever have needed visuals.” 

The Guardian

liquid vocal lines pliantly shaped here by conductor Eamonn Dougan.

BBC Music Magazine

Eamonn Dougan


Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational communicator with a wide-ranging repertoire, and is a renowned vocal coach and baritone. “Dougan and his team [Britten Sinfonia] displayed masterly control… Singing without blemish; playing that leapt straight from the heart: here was a sterling performance” (The Times - MacMillan Seven Last Words); Eamonn is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen, founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices, Music Director of the Thomas Tallis Society and Chief Conductor for Jersey Chamber Orchestra

Forthcoming conducting engagements include his debut at English National Opera in Haydn's Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, return visits to the Cumnock Tryst FestivalDanish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National VokalEnsemblet, and KoncertKor, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM), and Jersey Chamber Orchestra. This alongside his continued work educating choral groups across the world.

Recent highlights have included the world premiere of James MacMillan All the Hills and Vales Along at the Cumnock Tryst Festival, he assisted Sir Mark Elder for the world premiere concert and recording of Puccini Le Villi with Opera Rara and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted the off-stage chorus for Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with The Hallé, Britten Sinfonia Voices and Genesis Sixteen for BBC Proms 2019. In 2019 he directed The Sixteen’s highly acclaimed tour of Australia and Singapore, Messiah with Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Cappella Amsterdam, made his Spanish debut with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, Coral de Bilbao, and Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and in Paris at the La Seine Musicale with renowned ensemble Accentus and in Copenhagen with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, VokalEnsemblet and KoncertKor. Eamonn’s developing opera work has included Mozart La finta giardiniera, Cosi fan tutte, and Dido and Aeneas with Ryedale Festival Opera. 

Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’ – The Observer). The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released to widespread critical acclaim in September 2017.

In 2008 Eamonn 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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