Rosemary Duxbury, Andrew Downes, Clement Jewitt, and Peter Crump as well as commissioned works by Fisher and Dwyer. He has conducted works by Monteverdi and Pruili with the English Sackbutts and Cornetts, and works by Monteverdi and Biber with Florilegium. He has directed singers such as Andrew King, Joseph Cornwall, Lenka Scornickova, Alison Smart, Simon Birchall, James Gilchrist and Joanne Lunn.
He has been Chorus Master for the Bardi Orchestra and Chorus since its formal inception in 1996, working with founding conductor Andrew Constantine (now at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and the current principal guest conductor Claus Efland. He also acts as a Musical Director’s Advisor for a number choirs and has conducted on the continent with the Krefeld Bach Choir. Giles undertakes workshops for choirs around the Midlands including the Leicester Early Music Festival
Giles began his singing career at the age of six as a chorister at Leicester Cathedral, where he became the Cathedral’s youngest Head Chorister. With the Cathedral Choir he made broadcasts and recordings. Since becoming a tenor he has sung many of the main oratorio roles including Bach’s St John Passion (Peckleton Festival), Mozart’s Mass in C minor (Bristol Cathedral), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Derby Cathedral), Handel’s Messiah (Bournemouth), Monteverdi’s Vesper’s (Hexham Abbey), Purcell’s Ode on St Cecilia’s Day (Krefeld and Saarbrücken, Germany). More contemporary works have included music by Pärt, Tavener, Feldman, Ives and Carter. He also sang the Evangelist in the first performance of Paul Spicer’s shortened version of his Easter Oratorio under Richard Archer. He has worked with singers such as Stephen Varcoe, Paul Agnew and Emma Kirkby.
Giles is Director of Music for the Stamford Endowed Schools.
Giles Turner was born in Milan, educated in Leicester and at Huddersfield and Cambridge Universities. During his time at these institutions he studied singing with David Lennox and Nigel Wickens and conducting with John Gulley. He sang and recorded with the Yorkshire Bach Choir under Peter Seymour and Kingfisher Chorale, and has sung with the Oxford Chamber Choir. He was the first student conductor of the Huddersfield University Chamber Choir.
Giles was Musical Director of the Daventry Choral Society for 10 years, and Conductor of the Leicester Bach Choir for five years. During this time he gained a reputation as a champion and interpreter of contemporary music, overseeing a number of notable commissions and world premiere, which have received critical acclaim.
In addition to being Musical Director of Kingfisher Chorale, Giles is also Director of Cantate Nuovo, and Conductor of Burleigh Opera. He co-founded the Countesthorpe Festival Chorus in 2000 and has remained their Principal Conductor.
As a conductor Giles’ work spans the whole choral musical cannon. He has conducted works from Bach’s Mass in B minor, St John and St Matthew Passion, to Leighton, Britten, Holst, Pärt and Gorecki. He has conducted world premieres by David Fisher,
Musical Director: Giles Turner
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