Noted as a leading choral music specialist in the UK, Katie Thomas made her international debut as visiting Chorus Master to the MDR Rundfunkchor, one of Germany’s foremost professional choirs, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, as well as her debut as Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers in 2018. She looks forward to returning to conduct the BBC Singers again in concert in April 2019.
Katie is the vocal coach / assistant chorus master to the BBC Symphony Chorus (including off-stage conductor to Sir Andrew Davis at Barbican, London), and works as visiting conductor to the Royal College of Music and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. She is the newly appointed conductor of the prestigious Sherborne Summer School of Music’s Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, and assistant conductor of the 250-strong Barts Choir of London.
As a professional singer, Katie performed internationally with The Monteverdi Choir (also acting as rehearsal assistant to Sir John Eliot Gardiner), with Polyphony, the Academy of Ancient Music and Tenebrae at venues ranging from Wigmore Hall London to the Vienna Musikverein and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Her work has involved making numerous recordings for CD and film, as well as broadcasting on TV and radio worldwide.
Born and raised in West Wales, Katie studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and Orchestral Conducting at the London Conducting Academy. She is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Constellation Club, her own professional orchestra & choir.
The Constellation Club,
Classical Transmission Concert Series 2017
The Constellation Club,
Brighton Early Music Festival 2016
6 April, 17:00
St Giles’ Cripplegate, London
Lili & Nadia Boulanger BBC TOTAL IMMERSION
Katie Thomas – Conductor
MDR Rundfunkchor, Leipzig
English Christmas works by Finzi, Vaughan Williams & Tallis
Katie Thomas – Chorus Master
BBC PROMS 2018
BBC Symphony Chorus – Vocal Coach & Assistant Chorus Master
National Youth Choir of Great Britain
Katie Thomas – Assistant Conductor
Katie Thomas – Guest Conductor
Studio recordings for International Women’s Day 2018
Works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad
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Even well into the 21st century, the evolution of the conductor profile has a long way to go to realise parity for female musicians on the conducting podium.
Katie Thomas launched her own professional orchestra and choir, The Constellation Club, as a platform to explore creative programming ideas and to craft first-class performance events that appeal to seasoned concert-goers and new listeners alike.
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