Peter Broadbent

Peter is one of Britain’s leading choral conductors, known for his consistent commitment to contemporary music. In 1988, he formed the Joyful Company of Singers, which rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading chamber choirs, winning an impressive list of National and International Competitions. Performances have included many of the major UK festivals, including the BBC Proms, and they have given concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe and in the USA. The JCS repertoire includes over 40 first performances, and its discography extends to over 25 CDs, with recording continuing to be an important part of its activity.

He works as a guest conductor throughout Europe, including concerts and broadcasts with the BBC Singers, the National Chamber Choir in Dublin, and has conducted the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Chorus in Debrecen. He gives masterclasses and adjudicates at international competitions. In 2016 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit for promoting and strengthening British-Hungarian cultural relations.  

Peter was one of the team who first established the abcd extended conducting courses, later becoming its first Director of Training, and on standing down from this role in 2017 he was presented with the Chair’s Award for Choral Leadership. In 2022 he was awarded the MBE for his services to music.