Jeremy Backhouse is one of Britain’s leading choral conductors. He began his musical career in Canterbury Cathedral where he was the Senior Chorister.
He has been the sole conductor of the award-winning Vasari Singers since its inception in 1980 and has a substantial discography of both standard and niche choral repertoire. He is committed to contemporary music and, with all three of his choirs, has commissioned well over 25 new works from UK and European composers.
Jeremy is Music Director of the Guildford-based Vivace Chorus. Concert highlights include Mahler 8 and Verdi’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brahms A German Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall.
Jeremy is also Music Director of the Salisbury Community Choir, a 180-strong non-auditioned, mostly non-music-reading choir. He loves the process of working to create fabulous, fun performances from humble beginnings, whether it be in Salisbury Cathedral or small local churches and halls.
Jeremy has also guest-conducted the BBC Singers, the Philharmonia Chorus and many other leading British adult and youth choirs.
He has had highly successful and memorable tours in the UK and abroad with all three of his choirs, most recently singing in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.