Principal Conductor – Robert Guy
Robert Guy hails from North Wales and is a conductor and presenter who passionately believes in utilising the art’s unique potential to communicate, connect and empower. Robert is an outstanding musician who is in high demand and has conducted more of the standard classical repertoire than most of his generation. His repertoire covers an impressive breadth of music from early classical to contemporary, working with orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs and opera. An advocate of new music he has conducted 47 world premières.
Robert is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of NEW Sinfonia, a multi faceted arts organisation which boasts a professional chamber orchestra, community vocal ensemble NEW Voices and education programme NEW Academi, based in North Wales. NEW Sinfonia are orchestra in residence at the North Wales International Music Festival and in September Robert will conduct the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain and conduct the world première of a new opera by Paul Mealor called Gelert. Robert has worked with Welsh National Opera and leading soloists and composers including Rebecca Dale, Ye-Eun Choi, Tamsin Waley Cohen, Federico Colli and Raphael Wallfisch, and has led engagement workshops featured by the BBC.
He has been involved in many prestigious concerts including being Assistant Conductor to Simon Halsey and the BBC Proms Youth Choir at the BBC Proms and making his debuts with the Orchestra of Opera North and Huddersfield Choral Society. He enjoys a close relationship with Manchester Camerata where he has performed with Tine Thing Helseth, conducted and presented concerts for Orchestra Live, recorded for Sony Playstation and performed for the Manchester International Festival. Robert is Principal Guest Conductor to Stockport Symphony Orchestra and guest conducts Immix Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in Liverpool.
Robert’s collaborative approach to building trust with musicians has been shaped by his early professional career as a viola player, where he notably played with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and alongside the Allegri and Edinburgh String Quartets. He is now mentored by some of the greatest conductors of the modern era having been chosen for several prestigious programmes. These include being selected by Kirill Karabits to work with the Britten Pears Orchestra and by Jorma Panula as part of his Panula Academy in Finland working with the Turku Philharmonic. Internationally, Robert has been selected for prestigious masterclasses working with the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, Neemi Järvi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Chorus.
Robert is frequently in demand as an empathetic and committed conductor of youth orchestras. Nationally, Robert has conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, and Pro Corda at Cadogan Hall in London. Internationally, he has been invited to conduct for the World Orchestra Festival, Asia Pacific Orchestra Festival (APAC) in Vietnam, Association of Music in International Schools (AMIS) in Salzburg, Haileybury Astana in Kazakhstan and the North London Collegiate School (NLCS) in South Korea.
Robert is proud to be Director of the University of Manchester’s elite undergraduate Conducting Programme, Head of Choral Programmes and Director of Ensembles. In these roles he directed the first performance of Barry Cooper’s new Bärenreiter edition of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, commissioned a new choral work Light Into My Dark by John Casken and has led memorable performances ranging from Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius to Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Recent and current conducting students are rapidly making their way in the profession with organisations which include RSNO Chorus, The Hallé, NYCGB Fellowship Programme, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Buxton International Festival. He is also a faculty member for Cardiff International Academy of Conducting.
Robert is a proud former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and Liverpool FC fan.
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Students from the University of Manchester have the opportunity to take part in a conducting scheme working alongside Robert Guy as assistant conductors. Many of the participants in this scheme are aspiring professional conductors.
Katherine is a Welsh soprano and conductor entering her final year studying Music at the University of Manchester. She has sung in many choirs including Welsh Camerata, the National Youth Choir of Wales, Ad Solem, and the Manchester University Chorus. Katherine began conducting during lockdown, enjoying leading Chorus sectionals and attending CIAC masterclasses over zoom. She is excited to take on her role as a student conductor and conduct a choir in person for the first time!
Eleanor is a third-year music student and first study singer and conductor. She is really looking forward to being a MUMS instrumental and choral conductor this year and is very grateful for this opportunity.
Kathryn Bradley is a Manchester/Leeds based conductor, manager, singer and teacher. Specialising in opera and choral music, she has experience managing two professional operas in Manchester, and is co-chair of the ‘Musica’ festival committee. She conducts The Cosmo Singers, as well as participating in several other chamber choirs herself, including Ad Solem. Kathryn has performed as a soloist with Opera North’s Youth Chorus, touring internationally and partaking in a world premiere of Will Todd’s ‘Songs of Love and Battle’ in 2018. She has taught for many years as a self-employed music theory and singing teacher, helping students of all ages through various examinations and aiding them in reaching their musical potential.
Dominic is a third-year music student on the Joint Course with RNCM, studying as a first-study bass. He has been singing in choirs for most of his life and is currently a member in groups outside of university including Genesis Sixteen and Canzonetta. Dominic is excited to be a student conductor this year, working with such an amazing group of people.
David is a second-year music student and trombonist. He will be this years’ Assistant Conductor for the Cosmo Singers. Having sung in Cosmo last year, he is really excited to be involved in running the choir and having the opportunity to develop his conducting.