intensely musical direction

Peter Asprey is in demand both as a conductor, chorus master, singer and singing teacher. He is the Director of Music at St Sepulchre-Without-Newgate, the National Musicians’ Church in the heart of the City of London. He has recorded with the professional choir there, including a CD, Soul’s Desire, which you can listen to on the media page. They also made the first recording of Paul Fincham’s Ring The Bells published by Boosey and Hawkes and have championed new works by young composers. Peter is also Musical Director of Henley Choral Society.

“The choir operated throughout as a well-drilled unit, every entry razor-sharp. They had been thoroughly prepared and responded as one body to the subtleties of Asprey’s intensely musical direction”
Trevor Howell, Henley Standard

He has founded a new professional ensemble, The Queen’s Ensemble, to perform late 16th and early 17th century music at the Queen’s House in Greenwich. He has been a guest Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus, Brighton Festival Chorus, The Whitehall Choir and the St Endellion Festival Chorus, working alongside conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Sir Andrew Davis. He has done a number of projects with the Belgian Ensemble, Vox Amicorum. Peter directed the Berkshire Youth Choir for six years, performing with them in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre and the Church of La Madeleine in Paris. He conducted a world premiere by Orlando Gough live on BBC Radio 3 with the Berkshire Youth Choir and the BBC Singers at the Roundhouse in Camden. A performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the youth choir was described as

“a remarkable performance delivered to a very high standard under the leadership of Peter Asprey.”
Berkshire Youth Choir

Peter was a Choral Exhibitioner at Clare College, Cambridge and a founder member and singer in the Renaissance Music vocal ensemble Stile Antico, achieving during his time with the group a number of awards including a Gramophone Award for Early Music, a Grammy nomination and two Diapason d’Or. He also sang on a European Tour with Sting for his Dowland lute song project Songs from the Laybrinth. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music having been a Choral Scholar in the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

“Peter Asprey proved outstanding in the handling of his resources. Clearly endowed with the gift of performance, he was able, in the moment, not only to sculpt the overall shape of each of the works but to bring out the musical nuances that make such a difference to the listening experience. ... He has a perfect instinct for tempi, rubatos, crescendos, diminuendos and how much time to allow between phrases.”
Trevor Howell, Henley Standard

He has given educational evenings on music at the Royal Academy of Art in London and master classes on Renaissance Music at the Music College in Dubrovnik. He is a singing teacher at Eton College and a member of staff on the Eton Choral Courses.

Download Peter’s biography here.