Gregory Batsleer, conductor

TMC welcomes Gregory Batsleer as a guest conductor during our 2019/20 season. He will conduct the Choir on April 8 & 10, 2020 in the Sacred Music for a Sacred Space concerts.

Gregory Batsleer is widely regarded as one of the leading Choral Conductors and most innovative musicians of his generation.  Gregory is Chorus Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society. Gregory has received widespread critical acclaim for his work in both raising musical standards as well as widening the artistic activities of each ensemble.

As Guest Conductor; recent highlights include performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Halle Orchestra, the Black Dyke band, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata , Academy of Ancient Music, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; with whom he appears on a number of occasions throughout each season.

As Chorus Master Gregory has worked with many of the worlds leading symphony orchestras and with leading conductors including, Sir Mark Elder, Robin Ticciati, Martyn Brabbins, Thomas Sondergard, Vassily Petrenko, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herrewheghe and Emmanuelle Krivine.  Gregory has prepared choirs for performances at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival as well as making numerous recording for leading classical music labels.

Gregory is deeply committed to extending the reach of classical music beyond the concert hall and exploring new ways of presenting music. Gregory is Conductor of Festival Voices, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of Choral Music reimagined with live electronic music.  Gregory has curated and conducted cross-art performances at Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, the Southbank Centre, London Handel Festival and the Royal Northern College of Music.  Gregory has worked as an artistic advisor at the Globe Theatre London and on various projects with leading contemporary artists such as Elbow, Damon Albarn, David Lang, Carlos Acosta, Clean Bandit, Guy Garvey and Joy Division.

From 2012 – 2016 Gregory was Artistic Director of the UK National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence Programme, the first in-house music programme in a museum or Gallery in the world.  Together with the Portrait Choir he recorded a much acclaimed Choral Audio Guide to the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Gregory studied at Princeton University and the Royal College of Music. In 2015 he was awarded the first ever Arts Foundation Fellowship in Choral Conducting.   Outside his work as a performer Gregory is a Director of innovative performing arts charity Future Stages and sits on the boards of Manchester Camerata and Charades Theatre Company.