Barnaby is the Artistic Director of VOCES8 and the VCM Foundation


About Barnaby

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, recent highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tokyo Opera City, 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 and Coronation Anthems, Bach: Mgnificat in D, 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 collaborations include Rachel Podger, Jonathan Dove, Jacob Collier, Academy of Ancient Music, 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 Olympic Mascots Film Scores at Abbey Road Studios with the British Film Orchestra. Barnaby is also 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 four no.1 selling albums on the Decca Classics and VCM Records labesl, was delighted to receive the award for 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.



Inspiration through Music


VCM is a music education foundation that works to inspire people through music. The foundation is one of the leading vocal music education charities in the world, and is responsible for an innovative and wide reaching education programme. VCM supports three different strands of work: VOCES8Apollo5 and the Gresham Centre. Click on the link to download our VCM Foundation Annual Review 2015-2016

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The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing.


Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble's performance ethos.




Please enjoy this selection of media which includes tracks of Barnaby performing Purcell songs, videos with VOCES8, Michael Morpurgo's film of the 2012 Olympic Mascots for which Barnaby conducted and produced the score with the British Film Orchestra, and album reels of Barnaby's work with VOCES8,.

Contact Barnaby

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For bookings please contact Libby Percival at Percius Artist Management:
t. +44 7718 752481