Aidan Oliver is Director of Music at St Margaret’s Westminster (the Parliamentary Church), and is also the founding chorus master of Philharmonia Voices, the professional chorus that performs regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Founded at the invitation of the Philharmonia in 2004, this is now recognised as one of the country’s top professional choruses. Aidan also assists regularly on the music staff at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and as a freelance chorus master has worked with all London’s major choruses, in particular the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Chorus, and New London Chamber Choir. With Philharmonia Voices Aidan works closely with the Philharmonia’s Principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, and has also assisted Kent Nagano, Osmo Vänskä, Martyn Brabbins, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Thomas Adès, and András Schiff. This year he has been acting as principal chorus master for the orchestra’s Mahler Symphony cycle in 2011 with Lorin Maazel.
Aidan has recently been appointed as Associate Conductor of the St Endellion Festival, where he regularly assisted Richard Hickox from 2004 onwards. He began his musical career as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, later studying at Eton College and King’s College Cambridge. After graduating with a double First in Classics, he pursued further studies at Harvard University (as a Kennedy Scholar), the National Opera Studio and King’s College London.