About

Martyn Bagnall (who is related to the composer Sir William Walton) was a student at Trinity College of Music, London where he studied conducting under Charles Proctor, singing with James Gaddarn and Baroque & Renaissance Studies with Edgar Hunt.  Whilst in London, he sang frequently for the BBC, on the South Bank, at St George’s, Hanover Square and with the Tilford Bach Choir.  He conducted the Eaton Bray Choral Society in Bedfordshire, before moving to Ipswich, where he founded the Ipswich Chamber Choir and Orchestra and conducted them in most of the classical choral repertoire; in its 21st anniversary year, he conducted the choir in a specially commissioned piece by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.  For the culmination of the anniversary year, Martyn conducted a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Snape Maltings with a combined choir of East Anglian singers and an orchestra and soloists drawn from alumni of Trinity College of Music.  Martyn has also sung at Ely Cathedral as a Lay Clerk and occasionally gives recorder recitals.  In 2007, he moved to Dubai where he was Musical Director of the Dubai Divas (a group of eight talented female soloists) for their 2008/2009 season.  He was appointed Musical Director of the Dubai Singers in 2009. In March 2010, he formed a choir to sing at the opening of the new Maydan Racetrack for the Dubai World Cup, working with the world famous media composer Steve Sidwell.  In May 2010, he conducted the Dubai premiere of Verdi’s Requiem with soloists from the Royal Opera House London, an orchestra drawn from the United Arab Emirates and a choir drawn from the Gulf region.  In March 2011, he was invited to conduct the Dubai Sinfonia at the Gala Opening of the Dubai Literary Festival.  In December 2012, he conducted the Dubai premiere of Puccini’s Gloria and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with soloists from the Royal Opera House London, an orchestra drawn from the United Arab Emirates and a choir drawn from the Gulf region. In March 2013, he was Chorus Master for a choir of 70 which he trained for a concert with the world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Du Arena in Abu Dhabi before a capacity audience of 10,000.  In October 2013, Martyn conducted soloists from the Emirates Opera Project and orchestra at a gala dinner to celebrate the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth. Following his final concert in Dubai in March 2015 (Mozart’s Requiem and Missa Solemnis), Martyn returned to Suffolk in 2015 to spend more time making music, and he founded and is Musical Director of Jubilate, a group of 16 singers specialising in choral evensongs in Suffolk churches. He founded the Suffolk Festival Chorus and Orchestra in 2017.  In May 2017, he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Abbot Consort of Voices, a group of experienced singers base in Bury St Edmunds. He also sings with the Restoration Consort, an a cappella group based in south-west France.