Introducing the Artistic Director
Peter Nardone has been artistic director of Worcester Three Choirs Festival and organist of Worcester Cathedral since 2012. He was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and sang as a boy in Paisley Abbey Choir. After attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as a part-time student, he later studied there full-time as an undergraduate. In 1986 he won a Countess of Munster Scholarship enabling him to undertake further study as a countertenor for a year in London at the Royal Academy of Music. This helped launch parallel careers in professional singing, playing the organ and piano, and conducting.
After moving south in 1986 he held posts at the Chapel Royal, HM Tower of London and Croydon Parish Church. In 2000 he took up the post of director of music at Chelmsford Cathedral and artistic director of the Chelmsford Cathedral Festival.
Notable conducting dates in the Three Choirs Festival have included a BBC recording and concert of Coleridge-Taylor's The Song of Hiawatha in 2013 and Mendelssohn's Elijah in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2016. In 2017 Peter was artistic director of the annual boys choir festival in Sweden, and led over 250 young singers from across Scandinavia.
As a singer he has toured on five continents and has been involved in over fifty recording projects with the King's Consort, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and the Tallis Scholars. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes and RSCM publications. Peter is a fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the Guild of Church Musicians. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and in 2010 he was awarded the honorary degree of doctor of arts from Anglia Ruskin University for his work in the field of Arts in Essex.