Victoria Ely, Artistic Director

A versatile conductor with a fresh approach to music-making, Victoria is in demand across the UK and Europe. She has worked extensively with both professional and amateur ensembles, including Mid-Wales Opera, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Cumbria Rural Choirs, and appears frequently as guest conductor for other ensembles. In 2016 Victoria founded the international award-winning chamber choir, Evoke, of which she is artistic director and she is also music director for the Thames Valley Gay Chorus. Recognised for her ability to enthuse and engage musicians, Victoria is regularly invited as a workshop leader for festivals, recently appearing at AMJ Eurotreff (Germany), European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (Hungary), Cranleigh Choral Week and the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers.

Throughout her career Victoria has performed in some of the leading venues across the UK; the Royal Albert Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and St David’s Hall in Cardiff. She has extensive experience as an ensemble singer, performing with the likes of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR), City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, St Endellion Festivals and numerous recordings for disc and film.

Victoria teaches conducting both privately and with Voces Academy, an independent provider of high-level conductor training and choral development programmes. She is also a respected facilitator and leadership coach in executive education, working globally with some of the world’s leading organisations and frequently invited to join the executive education programmes at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University.

Victoria began her career in her native Australia where she obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Piano Performance) and Business before relocating to the UK to undertake a MMus Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), from which she graduated with Distinction. Whilst at RWCMD Victoria studied under Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey CBE and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, and has also received tuition from a number of internationally respected conductors including Rodney Eichenberger (USA), Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Jo-Michael Sheibe (USA), Peter Hanke (Denmark) and Karen Grylls (NZ).

In 2014 Victoria was awarded the Noël Minet Fund Scholarship from the European Choral Association and in 2015 she received an award from the Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting future leaders in the Arts.

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