All our concerts are devised, rehearsed and conducted by Graham Wili, who has been our Musical Director since 1998. He is increasingly in demand nationally and internationally and has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues in England and Europe. Following on from two successful concerts in 2014 and 2015, Graham travelled to Moscow in December 2016 to conduct English Philharmonia in a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other baroque works. He also conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow for the first time in December 2016.
In addition to directing us, Graham is also Musical Director of Berkhamsted Choral Society, the Leconfield Singers, and the English Philharmonia Chorus. He made his Royal Festival Hall debut in 2003, his most recent appearance there being in 2016 for a performance of Verdi’s Requiem with Chorleywood Choral Society, Berkhamsted Choral Society and the Leconfield Singers. In spring 2008, also at the RFH, he conducted Chris Williams’ Songs of the Coromandel Coast (world premiere) and Tsunami Requiem to a standing ovation, in a performance recorded live by Omnibus Classics. His English Philharmonia Chamber Choir’s recording of carols by Chris Williams, Nowell! Nowell!, was released in 2010 to great critical acclaim, including a four star review from the BBC Music Magazine.
As a tenor, Graham has sung with European Voices, Collegium Musicum 90, the Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, and with both Garsington and Grange Park Opera. A sought-after vocal coach, he works with the National Youth Choir of Wales and leads choral workshops for the Association of British Choral Directors. He and his wife run a music publishing business, English Philharmonia, bringing new choral music to a wider audience.
Graham involves himself in all aspects of our choir, even the fundraising when we take on major projects. In 2008 he completed the London Marathon to raise funds for our Tsunami concert at the Royal Festival Hall (see past events).