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Aidan Oliver
Musical Director    2002-2007

Aidan Oliver is Director of Music at St. Margaret's Westminster, the Parliamentary Church, where the organist is Thomas Trotter. As a choral conductor he is much in demand: this year he made his debut as Chorus Master with English National Opera, working on a production of Wagner's Twilight of the Gods, and he has worked with the BBC Singers as one of their inaugural Conducting Fellows. Since last year he has been the chorus master of Philharmonia Voices, a professional chorus linked to the Philharmonia Orchestra which recently performed Haydn's Creation in the Royal Festival Hall and Salisbury Cathedral. He also directs Spiritus, the professional chamber choir which he founded, and which specialises in performing imaginative programmes in venues of particular historical or architectural interest.

Aidan is heavily involved in the field of opera as a conductor and repetiteur. He studied at the National Opera Studio, and has worked for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Garsington Opera, Opera North and at the Spoleto Festival, where he was Assistant Conductor to Richard Hickox on a production of Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street. He has also assisted Hickox on recordings for Chandos of operas by Vaughan Williams and Lennox Berkeley, and most recently a highly acclaimed recording of Britten's Death in Venice.

Aidan began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, later studying at Eton College and King's College Cambridge as a Choral Scholar. Having graduated from Cambridge with a double first in Classics, he studied musicology at Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar, and at King's College London. In 2002 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study choral music in Russia, an interest he continues to develop as speaker and performer.

   June 2007