Director of Music - Peter Foggitt
Peter is a conductor, composer, pianist, and organist. He made his BBC Radio 3 debut at 21, playing Rachmaninov's third concerto; he has won several competitions for solo and collaborative piano - including the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Croydon Concerto Competition - and was a finalist in the 2017 St Albans International Organ Improvisation Competition. Recent recital venues include Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, and Leiston Abbey; future engagements include the complete Well-Tempered Clavier.
Peter's music has been commissioned and performed by artists including Angela Hewitt, the Choirs of St Paul's, Chichester, Manchester and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedrals, Dame Shirley Bassey, opera companies and choral societies; Handel-inspired opera Pale Shadows was made into a feature film in 2013. Two albums of his solo vocal music, including settings of Spenser's Amoretti for countertenor and piano, and of the Keats Odes, are due for release next year.
Peter's career as a conductor began as Chorus Master at the Royal Danish Opera, and has since involved performances with his own octet, Cries of London, at concert halls and festivals around the UK. Recent engagements have included working as Assistant Conductor at the Royal Opera House (4:48 Psychosis), and in the first opera at Latitude Festival, Cautionary Tales; last year, he conducted the recent release - Ablaze with Light - of William Petter's choral music (5* The Guardian). He teaches conducting at the University of Durham, and works as a vocal coach preparing soloists for appearances with all the principal opera companies and early music ensembles. Peter is Director of Music in Chapel at St John's College, Durham, Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church, and Musical Director of Orlando Chamber Choir. Future engagements include Striggio's forty-voice motet Ecce beatam lucem with singers from various London chamber choirs, the Verdi and Brahms Requiems, and the St John Passion of J.S. Bach.
Peter read for the BA as a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and undertook further study at Trinity College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is currently the Radcliffe Scholar (doctoral) in composition at the University of Durham. Visit him at peterfoggitt.com, or send him amusing pictures of puffins and delicious cake recipes @peterfoggitt