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Edinburgh Festival Chorus appointment

Aidan has been appointed the new chorus director of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus from autumn 2018 onwards.


The Edinburgh Festival Chorus has been at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival since its foundation in 1965, when it opened the 19th International Festival with the Scottish premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No 8. The Chorus is the backbone of the International Festival’s choral programme and over the past fifty years has worked with some of the world’s greatest soloists, conductors and orchestras including Leonard Bernstein and the London Symphony Orchestra and Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Further details here

"A brilliant musician...[Aidan is] one of my most valued collaborators on the planet.' - Esa-Pekka Salonen
Choir & Organ magazine profile of Philharmonia Voices:
2018 projects

2018 sees several major projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra for which Aidan will be preparing the choruses.

These include the European premiere on 15 April 2018 of a major new choral-orchestral work by the Korean composer Unsuk Chin, Le Chant des Enfants des Etoiles, which features both adult and boys choirs in virtuoso vocal writing throughout its half-hour length.

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Wagner - Wesendonck Lieder

A live performance with Rachel Nicholls (soprano) and the St Endellion Festival Orchestra, recorded in August 2013.

Conducted by Aidan Oliver

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Huge forces are also assembled for Schoenberg's epic Gurrelieder, which the Philharmonia performs in Paris and London under Esa-Pekka Salonen on 26 and 28 June 2018 respectively. Aidan will be preparing a specially-assembled 200-strong chorus of vocal students drawn from across all the London conservatoires (RAM, RCM, GSMD and Trinity Laban), together with members of his own Philharmonia Voices.

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'O Lord, thou hast duped me': the third of seven short films made by Philharmonia Voices and Aidan Oliver to mark the 500th anniversary of the completion of King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

Music by Francis Grier, with David Goode (organ)


Click here to view the complete 'Sword in the Soul' series of films

The Philharmonia's 'Voices of Revolution' series reaches an earth-shattering conclusion on 20 May with Prokofiev's massive Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution, featuring an accordion orchestra, military band, megaphone and maxim gun! Aidan will be overseeing the massed forces of Crouch End Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Voices.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor of the Philharmonia's Russian Revolution centenary series, 'Voices of Revolution'.

Among other projects, Aidan will be conducting Elgar's Music Makers at the St Endellion Summer Festival with contralto soloists Susan Bickley, 

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Benjamin Ealovega

Simon Ballard

Benjamin Ealovega

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