Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational conductor and renowned baritone. He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. Informed by his singing, Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a particular passion for Bach, the French Baroque and Sixteenth and Twentieth Century English repertoire.
Forthcoming conducting engagements include a tour of France with renowned ensemble Accentus, Messiah in Spain, tours and performances with the Danish VokalEnsemblet in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, a return visit to Jersey Chamber Orchestra and ORCAM (Spain), and continued work educating choral groups across the world including conducting his own Thomas Tallis Society and Genesis Sixteen. Eamonn’s work with Sir James MacMillan and James’s Cumnock Tryst Festival continues as he returns to direct a special MacMillan premiere composed for the Tryst’s fifth anniversary. He will conduct De Profundis on their next album and will assist Sir Mark Elder on Opera Rara’s next recording and performance at Royal Festival Hall.
Eamonn recently conducted Cosi Fan Tutte at the Ryedale Festival “Dougan’s baton maintained a steady momentum … a heart-warming show” (York Press), Faure Requiem with the newly formed Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus, and Mozart’s La finta giardiniera with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Ensemble “he kept them right on the ball” (York Press). He has directed many orchestras and choirs including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Trondheim Barokk, Opera Rara, BBC Singers, Accentus (Paris), Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir (Poland), and Coro de la Comunidad (Madrid). Programming highlights have included curating and conducting ‘A Weekend of Excessively Good Taste’ (French Baroque) at Kings Place, London.
With the Britten Sinfonia Voices he has conducted several world premieres including Sir John Tavener Flood of Beauty, Esenvalds Aqua, Nico Muhly Looking Forward for the Britten Sinfonia’s 20th birthday and the choral premiere of Jóhann Jóhannsson Orphée at the Barbican. Other projects with the Britten Sinfonia have included Bach St John Passion, MacMillan St Luke Passion and Seven Last Words, Britten Curlew River, Birtwistle Yan Tan Tethera, Possibly Colliding: Session Six and a programme featuring Stravinsky & Mozart at Milton Court as part of the Barbican’s Esa-Pekka Salonen composer focus. He has assisted various conductors including Sir James MacMillan, Martyn Brabbins, Andreas Delfs, Adam Fischer and Sir Mark Elder.
Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was met with widespread critical acclaim and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’ – The Observer; ‘A delightful performance’ – BBC Music Magazine). Subsequent discs in the series include The Blossoming Vine, music by Gorczycki, and Helper and Protector. The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released in 2017. “The sound is radiant throughout and well balanced … each work is finely shaped by director Eamonn Dougan.” (Limelight Magazine)
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; he is Music Director for the Thomas Tallis Society. Eamonn read music at New College, Oxford, before continuing his vocal and conducting studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Eamonn Dougan is managed worldwide by Percius.