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Choral Notes


Meet Ellie Slorach

Ellie Slorach, HCS Associate Choral Director, will be conducting the choir in concert for the first time at our Christmas Concert this coming Friday. We are privileged to work with Ellie on a regular basis and we’re sure you’ll also enjoy her talents at the concert. Read on to find out more about her fantastic achievements below.


Ellie Slorach studied music at the University of Manchester before furthering her studies in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. Still based in Manchester, Ellie now has a number of prestigious roles with a wide variety of classical music organisations.

She is the Artistic Director of Kantos Chamber Choir which she founded in 2015. The choir has risen to the fore of the choral scene in the north of the UK – putting on unique and innovative concerts that shake up the long-standing tradition of choral performances. As well as concerts with the choir, Ellie has been the conductor and chorus director for numerous recordings, including with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, on labels including Decca Classics. Ellie regularly directs for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service and Sunday Worship broadcasts and directed Kantos in Rome and Assisi for special edition broadcasts.

Highlights from the 2019–20 season include Ellie’s debut with the Hallé Orchestra whilst Musical Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra; conducting the ABLE Orchestra for a world première by composer, Oliver Vibrans; and touring major UK theatres with Matthew Bourne’s new production of Romeo and Juliet as the Young Associate conductor.

Last year (2020–21), Ellie’s engagements included working with the BBC Singers for recording and filming; conducting the London Sinfonietta in workshop; and participating in conducting sessions with the Royal Opera House Orchestra. She also conducted a number of performances of Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake at Leeds Grand Theatre.

In 2021–22, Ellie became Assistant Conductor for l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Ellie has a busy season ahead, as in addition to her concerts in Liège, she has engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Northern Ballet and Northern Opera Group.

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