Peter Asprey has made a career 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 is the Musical Director of the choirs in the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Musical Director of Henley Choral Society and Henley Youth Choirs. 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. Prior to that, Peter was the Musical Director of Berkshire Youth Choir, with whom he toured in France, Spain and Italy and performed concerts in the Windsor Festival and at venues such as the Sheldonian Theatre and Kings College Chapel, Cambridge. Their performance of Mozart’s Requiem was described in the paper as “a remarkable performance delivered to a very high standard under the leadership of Peter Asprey.” Peter was also previously Musical Director of Eltham Choral Society, UBS Choral Society, The Music Makers, The University of London Union Chamber Choir and the East Berkshire Chamber Choir. He has worked with a number of other groups including Guildford Choral Society, Onyx Brass, Brandenburg Sinfonia, The Amadeus Orchestra, Rodolfus Choir, The University of Greenwich Chamber Choir and Concordia Chamber Choir. He has done a number of projects with the Belgian Ensemble, Vox Amicorum. He studied Music at Clare College, Cambridge and then completed his studies at the Royal College of Music.
Peter has been a guest Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus under Michael Tilson Thomas. The Times Newspaper wrote about the performance of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass that "The London Symphoney Chorus, about 120 strong, coped well with the Old Slavonic language and produced an impressive range of tone, at times thrilling in its corporate attack, at others very moving in its hushed responses to the conductor's total control of this difficult work." Peter has also been a guest Choral Master for the Brighton Festival Chorus under Sir Andrew Davis, The Whitehall Choir, the St Endellion Festival Chorus, Charities Philharmonia and the Berkshire Youth Choir as part of the Windsor Festival.
As a singer, Peter was a Choral Exhibitioner at Clare College, Cambridge and a founder member and singer in the Renaissance Music vocal ensemble Stile Antico. Having won the Friends Prize at the York International Early Music Competition, during this time, the group also achieved a number of awards including a Gramophone Award for Early Music, a Grammy nomination and two Diapason d’Or. They also collaborated with the Rose Consort of Viols and B’rock and completed a two-week residency at the Dartington International Summer School. Peter sang on a European Tour with Sting for his Dowland lute song project ‘Songs from the Laybrinth’. He has appeared with choirs such as The Cambridge Singers and Philharmonia Voices.
Peter works extensively in music education. He is a singing teacher at Eton College and a member of staff on the Eton Choral Courses. He has given educational evenings on music at the Royal Academy of Art in London and master classes on Renaissance Music at the Luka Sorkocevic School of Music in Dubrovnik and at Royal Holloway University. He has also collaborated with the BBC Singers on educational projects with the Berkshire Youth Choir, including conducting a world premiere by Orlando Gough live on BBC radio 3. He initiated song evenings at UBS investment bank, was twice an adjudicator for the Music Competition at Wetherby Preparatory School and once for the Berkshire Singer of the Year Competition. To make enquiries about lessons singing lessons with Peter, please click here.
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