Barnaby is the Artistic Director of VOCES8 and the VOCES8 Foundation

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”all conducted with infectious energy by Barnaby Smith... this Messiah rocked along with breathtaking fervour, but left space for contemplation... This first Messiah of the season was a winner.”
— 5* The Observer (London, December 2018)
“’The Messiah’ which went with a swing both fresh and joyous — Voces8 as Artists in Residence more than put their stamp on the festival… led by Barnaby Smith, a musical general who spearheaded all the musical endeavours and thus ensured quality in a class of its own… Jubilation and standing ovations at the close.”
— Kultur (Graz, June 2019)
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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, countertenor and arranger. Barnaby completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where he was a pupil of Andreas Scholl. 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, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tokyo Opera City, Cité de la Musique, NCPA Beijing, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Utrecht Early Music Festival and residencies at the St Andrew’s Voices Festival and St Magnus Festival. This season he will add the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and La Seine Musicale Paris to that list. Repertoire highlights include Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Handel: Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems, Bach: Magnificat in D and St John Passion, Haydn: Creation, 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, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Monte Carlo Symphony 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, and co-curates and teaches on the MMus programme in Choral Studies at Cambridge University.. 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, Warner, Naxos, Signum Classics and VCM Records. He has four no.1 selling albums on the Decca Classics and VCM Records labels, 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 9 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.




Please enjoy this selection of media which includes Barnaby conducting Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mozart’s Overture from ‘The Magic Flute’ with the Senesino Players, the UK Premiere of Taylor Scott Davis’s ‘Magnificat’, 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,.

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.



Inspiration through Music


The VOCES8 Foundation 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. The VOCES8 Foundation supports three different strands of work: VOCES8Apollo5 and the VOCES8 Centre.

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Contact Barnaby

For bookings please contact Libby Percival at Percius Artist Management:

t. +44 7718 752481

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