Jeffrey Skidmore OBE has a reputation as one of the UK’s leading choral directors and is an ardent advocate of the importance of singing in people’s lives.
Jeffrey read music at Magdalen College, Oxford, before returning to Birmingham to develop Ex Cathedra into an internationally-acclaimed choral group.
An Honorary Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire and a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, he has prepared new performing editions of works by Araujo, Charpentier, Lalande, Monteverdi and Rameau. Jeffrey has won acclaim for his recordings of French and Latin American Baroque music with Ex Cathedra.
With Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey has commissioned more than thirty new works by composers including Sally Beamish, Gabriel Jackson, John Joubert, James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Daryl Runswick, Peter Sculthorpe and Roderick Williams.
Ex Cathedra’s ground-breaking children’s singing programme, Singing Playgrounds, highlights a commitment to vocal education as does its nurturing of professional singers at the start of their careers.
Jeffrey has appeared across the UK and overseas directing Ex Cathedra and its associated Consort and Baroque Orchestra. He has also worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aalborg Sinfoniorkester and the BBC Singers.
Jeffrey is Artistic Director of the Early Music programme at Birmingham Conservatoire, is a regular contributor at Dartington International Summer School and was ‘professor’ of ‘coro barroco’ in the 32nd Festival of Music in Curitiba, Brazil.
Jeffrey was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to choral music and an honorary doctorate by the University of Birmingham in 2017.