Richard Wilberforce

Artistic Director of English Voices

Richard Wilberforce shares his time between the UK where he is conducts the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus, following on from Sir Stephen Cleobury in that role, and Paris, where he conducts the Jeune Choeurde Paris and Maîtrise de Paris, and teaches choral direction at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris. Richard trained at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, where he was the recipient of a number of awards. His careeras a countertenor led him to sing solo roles in many of Europe’s principal opera houses, such as the Staatsoper unter den Linden, the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, the Théâtre du Capitole and the Grand Théâtre de Provence. He continues to sing on occasion with the Monteverdi Choir.

As chorus master and conductor, he was for five years Director of the Hallé Youth Choir, working closely with Sir Mark Elder, and has worked with many of the UK’s leading choirs, including, the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus as Chorus Master, the Exon Singers as Conductor and Artistic Director, as well as guest directing the London Philharmonic Choir, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and the Huddersfield Choral Society. His work in France has led him to chorus master productions at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Opéra de Rouen.