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Director: Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby holds an MMus in Choral Studies from Selwyn College, Cambridge, as well as degrees in Music and Theology & Religious Studies. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the Centre for Music & Science at Cambridge, as well as maintaining a busy schedule as an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, and supervising undergraduates and graduates at Cambridge. In September 2015 Louisa took up the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge – Oxbridge’s only Roman Catholic foundation – and since 2014 has directed the Chapel Choir of Downing College, Cambridge.

Outside the University Louisa is in demand as a choral conductor, choir trainer, and animateur, and has worked with choirs of all ages and standards, including a six-month period assisting with the training of the Girl Choristers of Ely Cathedral. In September 2015 she was elected the Joyful Company of Singers Conducting Fellow for the 2015-16 season, including appearances at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Covent Garden, London, and at St Endellion in Cornwall.

In addition to her commitment to teaching at university level, Louisa has a flourishing private teaching practice, and also undertakes occasional work at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, teaching jazz and general musicianship, as well as tutoring for the Royal College of Organists and on Eton Choral Courses for young singers.

Outreach and charity work form a large part of Louisa’s professional activities. She is Artistic Director of The Rosemary Consort, with whom she has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities by staging annual concert series, besides her involvement with the outreach work of Cambridge University.

Louisa has enjoyed working with many distinguished musicians, including soloists Tasmin Little, David Childs, and Lesley Garrett, and conductors Sakari Oramo, Sir Roger Norrington, and the late Sir Colin Davis. Former Principal Bassoon of the International Youth Wind Orchestra, Louisa has performed across the UK, Europe, and North America, and was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music for bassoon performance in early 2014. She has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a chamber musician, and on Canadian national radio as a conductor and organist, as well as featuring on several commercial recordings for Priory Records and others.