John Hancorn – Director/Conductor
John Hancorn is music director of the BREMF Singers, Baroque Collective Singers, East Sussex Bach Choir and Eastbourne Choral Society and co-director of The Baroque Collective. Performances for the Brighton Early Music Festival include Bach’s St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Monteverdi Vespers and a staged performance of Purcell The Fairy Queen.
John leads vocal workshops and masterclasses specializing in baroque repertoire including regular visits to Early Music Fora and ‘Sing and Discover’ days with Richard Wigmore throughout the UK. He teaches at Trinity College of Music, the University of Chichester, East Sussex Academy of Music and Lancing College. He taught at Christ’s Hospital, directed chamber choir courses at Dartington for many years and was a tutor at AIMS Summer School.
John directed the Orlando Consort in Tarik O’Regan Scattered Rhymes, and world premieres of Orlando Gough’s opera The Finnish Prisoner and Dead Head. Other recent projects include Handel Acis and Galatea, Scarlatti Stabat Mater and Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri. He directed a critically acclaimed professional recording of Ed Hughes’s Buried Flame in 2012; the world premiere of Helen Glavin’s Battle of Lewes Cantata in 2014; and Purcell’s King Arthur for New Sussex Opera in 2016.