Philip Headlam

Conductor | Vocal Coach

Philip Headlam, conductor and vocal coach, has worked with opera companies and orchestras in Europe, the U.K. and Canada including The Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Welsh National Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monniae (Brussels), Wexford Opera Festival, Bregenz Opera Festival (Austria), Batignano Opera Festival (Italy), Opera Rara and conducted the Britten Sinfonia, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, BBC Singers and CBC Festival Orchestra in concert and in broadcast on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio, Belgian Radio, Channel 4 television (Judith Weir’s opera Armida) and CDs (NMC, Avie, Prima Facie labels.) He is noted for his work in Italian language opera, the operas of Benjamin Britten and his conducting of 20th and 21st century music. He is conductor and co-artistic director of The Continuum Ensemble.

He has been director of opera training programmes for Birkbeck as well as Morley College, London and taught young professional singers at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, Ghent Conservatory Opera Studio, Israel Vocal Arts Institute and the Banff Centre, Canada.

‘…inspired stylish performances under conductor Philip Headlam…’  –  The Guardian

‘…the excellent Continuum Ensemble’s committed, virtuosic playing under conductor Philip Headlam’  –  Financial Times

Extraordinarily committed, searingly communicative performances…thanks to Philip Headlam’s lucid  direction‘  –  The Times

 ‘…and you can’t really praise more highly. Intelligent playing. Intelligent concert.’   –  Winnipeg Free Press