Justin Doyle

Conductor

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Justin Doyle

Conductor

an evening of almost unadulterated Mozartian bliss – Così fan tutte
Opera magazine

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Justin Doyle is Chief Conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Chamber Choir. He has recently conducted at Opera North, Buxton Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and the BBC Singers. With a vast choral repertoire, Justin has conducted most of the best-known oratorios and hundreds of a cappella chamber choir programmes.

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Justin Doyle is Chief Conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin. Born in Lancaster, England, Justin’s musical education began as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, and a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers, with whom he continues to work.

A regular guest conductor with Opera North, other recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds, and Jersey Chamber Orchestra.

Justin has been Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival and Swaledale Festival, and Principal Conductor / Musical Director of ensembles such as the University of Manchester Chorus, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Chamber Choir. His broad musical tastes have also led him to work with period instrument ensembles, collaborate with musicians from other cultures, arrange folk music from all over the world and conduct live orchestral film scores. He has recently been appointed Gastprofessor in Choral Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler (Berlin), and his previous involvement in musical education includes the directorships of the Young Sinfonia (the youth orchestra of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead) and Opera North Children’s Chorus; in 2018 he works with the young singers of Genesis Sixteen.

Justin is also in demand as a conductor of opera, in particular the works of Mozart (‘an evening of almost unadulterated Mozartian bliss’ Così fan tutte / Opera magazine), Haydn (‘hard to imagine this fizzing piece ever being better done’ L’infedeltà delusa / The Independent) and Britten (‘Justin Doyle and the Opera North Orchestra work wonders to dispatch Britten’s mischievous and miraculous chamber score with pungency and precision’ Albert Herring / The Times). He conducted Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Buxton in 2016 (‘The Northern Chamber Orchestra under Justin Doyle gave the best performance I’ve heard from them at Buxton; Doyle brought out the best in them’ / Bachtrack), returning last year to conduct Britten’s Albert Herring (‘…a super performance under the baton of Justin Doyle’ / Mark Ronan Theatre Reviews).

His work as Chief Conductor of RIAS Kammerchor began with a critically acclaimed debut at the new Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin (Monteverdi Vespers and Missa ‘In illo tempore’) and other highlights of this season have included MacMillan, Victoria, Bach and Henze at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Poulenc Figure Humaine at the Philharmonie Berlin. This year also sees Justin direct the choir in recordings of Britten and Haydn for Harmonia Mundi, concerts throughout Europe and a major tour of Japan. Future engagements away from the RIAS Kammerchor include Purcell Dido and Aeneas with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, and Offenbach’s ‘Fantasio’ at Garsington Opera.

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Reviews —

an evening of almost unadulterated Mozartian bliss – Così fan tutte

Opera magazine

hard to imagine this fizzing piece ever being better done – L'infedeltà delusa

The Independent

Justin Doyle and the Opera North Orchestra work wonders to dispatch Britten's mischievous and miraculous chamber score with pungency and precision – Albert Herring

The Times (London)

The Northern Chamber Orchestra under Justin Doyle gave the best performance I’ve heard from them at Buxton; Doyle brought out the best in them (and) I want to see more bel canto from Doyle as soon as possible – Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bachtrack

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