Victoria Ely

Conductor & ProducerIMG_6708

A versatile conductor with a fresh approach to music-making, Victoria is in demand across the UK and increasingly in Europe.  Currently she holds the post of Music Director with Milton Keynes Chorale, is Chorus Director for the Cumbria Rural Choirs and frequently appears as guest conductor for many other choirs, including Wimbledon Choral Society, Cardiff Polyphonic Choir and the Severn Trent Water Choir (winners BBC ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’).  Recognised for her ability to enthuse and engage singers of all abilities, Victoria is regularly invited as a workshop leader for festivals, including Worcester International Festival for Young Singers, European Choral Association – Europa Cantat and Cranleigh Choral Week.

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.  Whilst at RWCMD Victoria studied under Neil Ferris, Simon Halsey and Sarah Tenant-Flowers, and has also received tuition from a number respected conductors including Rodney Eichenberger (USA), Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Jo-Michael Sheibe (USA), Peter Hanke (Denmark) and Karen Grylls (NZ).

Previous positions have included Chorus Master for Mid-Wales Opera, Assistant Chorus Master for RWCMD chorus, Music Director for Gabalfa Community Choir and Choral Director with Blackburn High School, Melbourne University and Southern Voices (formerly the National Children’s Choir of Australia).  As an ensemble singer Victoria has extensive performance experience, including working with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR) under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, St Endellion Festivals with Ryan Wigglesworth and Aidan Oliver, and numerous recordings for disc and film.  She is also a founding member of emerging new chamber choir, Ascolta.

In 2014 Victoria was awarded the Noël Minet Fund Scholarship from the European Choral Association to attend the 11th Oratorio Conducting Programme in Hungary and in 2015 she was short-listed for the prestigious Fellowship programme with the Arts Foundation, an organisation dedicated to recognising and supporting the future leaders in the Arts.