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Director: Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby

Louisa Denby holds an MMus in Choral Studies from Selwyn College, Cambridge, where she also read for a BA(Hons) degree in Music and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology & Religious Studies. Alongside her current PhD research into Music and Theology, Louisa supervises undergraduates at the University, and in September 2015 took up the post of Director of Chapel Music & Organist at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge – Oxbridge’s only Roman Catholic foundation.

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 undergraduates, Louisa has a flourishing private teaching practice, and also undertakes occasional work at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, as well as tutoring for the Royal College of Organists and on Eton Choral Courses for young singers.

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 America; she has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a chamber musician, and is frequently engaged as a freelance bassoonist, organist, and choral singer.

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 is in receipt of a scholarship from the Eric Thompson Trust in support of her organ playing, and in early 2014 was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music for bassoon performance.