barnaby smith

Conductor  and Countertenor



Barnaby Smith

Barnaby Smith is Artistic Director of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, VOCES8 and as such is in demand as a conductor, choir trainer, countertneor and arranger. Barnaby completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he was a pupil of Andreas Scholl and René Jacobs. Barnaby is also an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme.


With a schedule that takes him around the world, Barnaby is highly regarded for his direction and interpretation in the Choral, Baroque, Classical and Film genres. Highlights of his 2015/16 season include performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Utrecht Early Music Festival and residencies at the St Andrew’s Voices Festival and St Magnus Festival. Repertoire highlights include Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Mozart: Requiem and Symphony no. 40, Vaughan-Williams: Five Mystical Songs, Dove: The Passing of the Year and new commissions by Ola Gjeilo. Barnaby’s past performances include collaborations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Handel: Concerto Grossi, Purcell: Choral Odes and Britten: Choral Odes), Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (Bach: Christmas Oratorio and Handel: Messiah) and he directed the music for the London 2012 Olympic Mascots Film Scores at Abbey Road Studios. Barnaby is also delighted to be lecturing for the American Choral Directors Association and is Artistic Director of the Milton Abbey International Music Festival. As a soloist Barnaby has also worked under the baton of conductors including Paul McCreesh and Masaaki Suzuki.


On disc Barnaby has released commercially on Decca Classics, Universal, Sony, Naxos, Signum Classics and VCM Records. He has two no.1 selling albums on the Decca Classics label, was delighted to receive the award for Best Album of the Year 2015 from Classic FM, was voted Choral Disc Choice Award by BBC Music Magazine in June 2014 and has won 7 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.