Graham Wili, Artistic director

Graham is the founder and Principal Conductor of both the English Philharmonia and its sister orchestra, the London Handel Baroque Orchestra. Graham is in demand nationally and internationally performing in some of the most prestigious concert venues.

In December 2014 he conducted the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow for the first time, returning in 2015 to conduct a Christmas concert and in the same year also conducted the London Handel Baroque Orchestra in a performance of Vivaldi – Four Seasons, in period dress. This has become a regular fixture conducting concerts annually with the State Symphony, New Russia Orchestra and the London Handel Baroque Orchestra, to sell-out audiences.

He made his Royal Festival Hall debut with English Philharmonia in 2003; returning in 2005, and then 2008 conducting the world premiere of Songs of the Coromandel Coast by Chris Williams’s and the Tsunami Requiem – recorded live by Omnibus Classics, and the Verdi Requiem in 2016.

Graham is also well-known for his work as a choral conductor, with the English Philharmonia Chamber Choir his recording of carols by Chris Williams, Nowell! Nowell!, was released to great critical acclaim, including a 4 star review from BBC Music magazine.

As a vocal coach, he has worked with the National Youth Choir of Wales for many years and led choral workshops for the Association of British Choral Directors. He is Musical Director of a number of choirs based in the South East of England, who perform concerts in England and in Europe every year.

His future plans for 2018 include: Mozart – Requiem in Moscow, The Creation – Haydn in Chichester cathedral and a tour with The Creation in August at Hereford Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey. In 2019 Graham will return to the Royal Festival Hall to conduct The Dream of Gerontius – Elgar.