Director of Music

Jeremy Summerly is a conductor, Publicitymusicologist, and broadcaster. He founded Oxford Camerata in 1984, conducted Schola Cantorum of Oxford from 1990-1996, is Co-Artistic Director of Oxford Baroque, and Director of Music at the London Church of St Luke’s, Chelsea in succession to Sir John Goss and John Ireland. He has conducted over fifty original commercial recordings of music spanning a thousand years, and has worked as music producer on a similar number with groups such as the Choir of Westminster Abbey, I Faggiolini, Fiori Musicali, and the Choir of New College Oxford. He has worked with local choirs and orchestras in locations as far afield as Melbourne, Cape Town, Tokyo, Helsinki, and San Francisco, and has conducted Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin across the River Jordan, with one choir in Jordan and the other in Israel. He is a reviewer for BBC Radio 3’s CD Review and a contributor to BBC Radio 4’Front Row. He has written articles for the Cambridge History of Musical Performance and for the upcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. He has conducted Ligeti for Ligeti, Tavener for Tavener, and Pärt for Pärt, and he is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where for twenty-five years he has been variously Head of Academic Studies, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, and Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music.