Justin Doyle, named as chief conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Chamber Choir from 2017/18, was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. In 2006 he won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers, which marked the start of regular cooperation.
Justin is in demand as a conductor of opera, in particular the works of Mozart ('an evening of almost unadulterated Mozartian bliss' Così fan tutte / Opera magazine), Haydn ('hard to imagine this fizzing piece ever being better done' L'infedeltà delusa' / The Independent) and Britten ('Justin Doyle and the Opera North Orchestra work wonders to dispatch Britten's mischievous and miraculous chamber score with pungency and precision' Albert Herring / The Times). His work conducting Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter across the UK for Opera North, with whom he is a regular guest, received high praise. His engagements in the coming season include Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Buxton Festival), Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (Opera North), and Handel’s Theodora with RIAS Kammerchor at the Philharmonie, Berlin.
Justin’s orchestral engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, King's Camerata, Manchester Camerata, New London Orchestra, Sinfonia of Leeds, and the Essex Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Musical Director of the Haffner Orchestra in Lancaster, and Young Sinfonia based at Sage Gateshead. Recent orchestral programmes have included the symphonies of Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, Sibelius and Shostakovich. In 2015-16 repertoire includes Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Sibelius Symphony No. 3, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Dvořák Cello Concerto with Leonard Elschenbroich, a programme to commemorate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary and a new work commissioned from Edward Cowie; period instrument programmes will include music by Biber, Handel and Haydn.
Justin’s previous posts have included the Artistic Directorships of the Ryedale and Swaledale Festivals, and Principal Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir. His broad musical tastes have also led him to work with period instrument ensembles such as the Retrospect Ensemble, Da Chiesa, the Harmony of Nations, collaborate with musicians from other cultures, arrange folk music from all over the world and conduct live orchestral film scores. He is greatly involved with music education, not least as Music Director of the Opera North Children's Chorus and as Director of the University of Manchester Chorus.
With an impeccable choral pedigree and vast knowledge of choral repertoire, Justin has conducted most of the best-known oratorios and hundreds of a cappella chamber choir programmes. He regularly conducts courses specialising in early music for The Sixteen; recent programmes include English Exiles (Dering, Philips, De Monte, Byrd); Monteverdi - Sacred Dramatist; The Rosary (Praetorius, Eccard, Guerrero, Caldara); works such as Jepthe (Carissimi), Filius Prodigus (Charpentier), Spem in Alium (Tallis), Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater à10, Missa pro defunctis (Charpentier) and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words; and a series of concerts to celebrate Benjamin Britten's centenary.