Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Paul Wingfield to assume new Birmingham Conservatoire post

3:29, 22nd February 2017

Birmingham Conservatoire has appointed British conductor Paul Wingfield as its new head of vocal and operatic studies.

Wingfield, who is currently a visiting lecturer at the institution, will take up his new post in August.

He has worked as a conductor and assistant conductor at the Royal Opera House, where he was a Jette Parker young artist from 2012 to 2014, and has worked with Birmingham Opera Company, the Royal Ballet, Welsh National Opera, and Opera Holland Park. He has also worked as a repetiteur for English National Opera.

He was mentored by Sir Antonio Pappano and has worked with leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Nicola Luisotti, Paul Daniel, Dan Ettinger and Alex Joel.

‘My vision for the department centres around three key cornerstones: communication, community and collaboration,’ Wingfield said. ‘In addition to a renewed focus on singing technique and language skills to enable our students to communicate to the best of their ability in opera and song, I will seek to look outwards to the communities which surround us locally, nationally and internationally.

‘I also hope to forge a series of innovative and creative collaborations with organisations and schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands, as well as with professional colleagues at leading opera companies and music colleges in the UK and beyond.’

Birmingham Conservatoire vice-principal Paul Bambrough said that Wingfield’s ‘tremendous personal energy and charisma’ would ensure the vocal studies department would be ‘a vibrant and exciting place to be’.

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