Born in Lancaster, Justin Doyle was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He won second prize in the prestigious Cadaqués Orchestra Conducting Competition and was awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers.
Recent engagements have included concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Hallé Orchestra, King’s Camerata, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia of Leeds, Haffner Orchestra, Essex Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Chamber Orchestra, regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and a cover CD for BBC Music Magazine.
Justin is Principal Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir and of Manchester University Chorus and Musical Director of Opera North Children’s Chorus, and has been Artistic Director of Ryedale Festival and Swaledale Festival. His broad musical tastes have also led him to work with period instrument ensembles such as Da Chiesa baroque ensemble and the Harmony of Nations, collaborate with African musicians and arrange folk music from all over the world, conduct live orchestral film scores (such as Ole Schmidt Jeanne d’Arc and Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf with Orchestra of Opera North) and undertake research on Haydn and the music of Hungary.
Justin is particularly known for his conducting of opera; productions include Bizet Carmen, Donizetti The Elixir of Love, Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel, Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus (Eastern Opera), Haydn L’infedeltà delusa (English Touring Opera), Gluck Orpheus and Eurydice, Handel Orlando, Mozart Die Zauberflöte, Haydn Philemon und Baucis, Kodály Háry János, (Ryedale Festival Opera), Mozart Così fan tutte, The Abduction from the Seraglio and La Clemenza di Tito (Opera North). Recent engagements include Albert Herring for Opera North, which met with critical acclaim:
‘Justin Doyle and the Opera North Orchestra work wonders to dispatch Britten’s mischievous and miraculous chamber score with pungency and precision’ (Richard Morrison, The Times).