"Greg Beardsell is a uniquely exciting personality in music today. At a time when the art-form’s relevancy could easily be contended, nobody is able to implant its vibrancy and power in the hearts of a new generation more than Greg."
Chief Executive, Southbank Sinfonia
He has presented seminars on conducting, choral techniques and teaching strategies for the MusicEdExpo, Cambridge University, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Music Generation Ireland, Ark Schools, Musical Futures, Cornell University New York and music education hubs across the UK.
"The chorus, singing its part without scores, had been expertly trained by Greg Beardsell, so that its cohesive sonority was as impressive at both the softest and the loudest volume."
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus,
Mahler Second Symphony. Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph
"His direction of Britten was flexible and fanciful, rhythmically alert and dynamically colourful, reaching for the musical core of this popular, almost clichéd piece."
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Rathcol, Belfast Telegraph
"Greg's presentations on conducting and on creating choral mashups were the highlight of the day. I came away with such excitement and a renewed enthusiasm for my teaching"
"He was absolutely extraordinary in the results he achieved and the rapport he had with the group, not just in the technical discipline and colour he brought to the singing but also in the electrifying way he engaged the young singers, inspiring them to enjoy intensive work and to relish the process of really perfecting what they were doing."
Pianist and Conductor
Greg Beardsell is a leading light in music education and performance. He is Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Choir, Conductor of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, Deputy Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is Choral Director for the Gabrieli Consort and Players' education initiative, Gabrieli ROAR. He works worldwide as a conductor, singer, adjudicator, workshop leader and presenter.
In recent years, Greg has held the directorships of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Ulster Youth Choir, Wooburn Singers and has worked with the St. Endellion Festival Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, London Bach Choir and the London Symphony Chorus and collaborated with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Edward Gardner and Sir Colin Davis. He has directed the Sagittarian Consort of Cambridge, the Classical Soloists Orchestra, period specialists La Nuova Musica, the National Youth Orchestras of Ireland and Ulster, the City of London Sinfonia, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.
Ever keen to collaborate, Greg has worked with electro-acoustic musicians, Irish folk bands, Indian musicians, dance companies and jazz bands. He is a member of the Lip Factory, an a cappella unit of beatboxers, singers and improvisers headed up by world-renowned beatboxer Shlomo.
Greg is the Host for the Choir of the Year competition, and over the last two years has been a guest-presenter on BBC Radio 3's The Choir' and 'Live in Concert' programmes.