Victoria Ely

Executive Director

A versatile conductor with a fresh approach to music-making, Victoria is in demand across the UK and increasingly in Europe.  Along with her work with Voces Academy, she has worked extensively as Music Director for a number of choirs including Milton Keynes Chorale and Cumbria Rural Choirs, and appears frequently as guest conductor for other choirs.  Recognised for her ability to enthuse, inspire and engage singers of all abilities, Victoria is regularly invited as a workshop leader for international festivals, recently appearing at AMJ Eurotreff (Germany), European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (Hungary), Cranleigh Choral Week and the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers.

In 2016 Victoria founded vibrant new London-based ensemble, Evoke.  In it’s short life-span, Evoke has been well received in concert throughout the UK and Europe and invited to perform in respected festivals including the London A Cappella Festival.  In 2017, the ensemble became and award-winning choir at the Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo International Choral Competition.

Victoria began her career in her native Australia where she obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Piano Performance) and Business before relocating to the UK to undertake a MMus Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), from which she graduated with Distinction in 2014.  Whilst at RWCMD Victoria studied under Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, and has also received tuition from a number of internationally respected conductors including Rodney Eichenberger (USA), Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Jo-Michael Sheibe (USA), and Karen Grylls (NZ).

Previous positions have included Chorus Master for Mid-Wales Opera, Assistant Chorus Master for RWCMD chorus, and Choral Director with Melbourne University and Southern Voices (Australia).  As an ensemble singer Victoria has extensive performance experience, including working with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR), City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, St Endellion Festivals and numerous recordings for disc and film.

In 2014 Victoria was awarded the Noël Minet Fund Scholarship from the European Choral Association and in 2015 her achievements were recognised with an award from the Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting future leaders in the Arts.