Gregory Batsleer, Chorus Director
Gregory Batsleer is one of the UK's most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters and became Chorus Director of the RSNO in January 2015
Gregory is Artistic Director of the National Portrait Gallery's Choir in Residence Programme and Principal Conductor of the Portrait Choir, a newly formed professional chamber choir. Gregory has, since 2009, held the position of Chorus Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus, where his work has attracted widespread critical acclaim. He also maintains a close association with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Previous posts include Director of the Hallé Youth Choir (2008-2011) and Director of Choirs at Manchester University (2009-2013). He has also previously held successful associations with the Amadeus Orchestra and RNCM Outreach Department. As a guest conductor, recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with the Hallé, Academy of Ancient Music, New Century Baroque, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra, members of Florilegium, Rodolfus Choir, the chapel choir at Royal Naval College Greenwich. He has appeared at festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Three Choirs Festival and the Latitude festival. He has been guest chorus master for orchestras including Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, working with leading international conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Markus Stenz, Adam Fischer, Louis LangrÈe, Sir Roger Norrington and Robin Ticciati.
Gregory is also heavily committed to work outside of the classical music world. Gregory is Artistic Director of innovative live music company Pencil Presents. He has worked as music supervisor and consultant on performance and recording projects with artists including Elbow, James, Clean Bandit, Damon Albarn and New Order. He has a close working relationship with composer Joe Duddell and has premiered works by composers including Colin Metters, Uri Caine and Ben Parry.
Between 2007-2012, Gregory held scholarships at Princeton University and the Royal College of Music. He is grateful to have received tuition and support from leading musicians including Baldur Brönniman, Martyn Brabbins, Sian Edwards Simon Carrington and Simon Halsey. He currently studies privately with Neil Ferris.