Our Conductors
Conductor Robert Guy

2013 – Present – Mr Robert Guy 

Past Conductors:

  • 2011 – 2013 – Mr Nicholas R.N. Smith
  • 2004 – 2010 – Ms Natalia Luis-Bassa
  • 1993 – 2001 – Mr Rupert D’Cruze
  • 1964 – 1993 – Mr Arthur Butterworth
  • Mr William Rees
  • Mr J Fletcher Sykes

Robert Guy is Artistic Director of the award winning NEW Sinfonia, Head of Choral Programme and Tutor in Conducting at the University of Manchester, and Tutor in Conducting at the University of Huddersfield. This season includes reinvitations with the Manchester Camerata and an exciting new partnership between Welsh National Opera and NEW Sinfonia, conducting the WNO Chorus North.  As a regular Guest Conductor to the Manchester Camerata, Robert has worked with Tine Thing Helseth, recorded for Sony Playstation and conducted a new commission by Philip Venables for Manchester International Festival.

The NEW Sinfonia has been appointed as Orchestra in Residence at the ‘North Wales International Music Festival’. As part of this year’s residency Robert will work with Federico Colli and Ye-Eun Choi in September. Last year, Robert conducted the World Premiere of Paul Mealor’s Symphony No.2 and worked with renowned violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen.

In 2016, Robert was invited to be Conductor in Residence at the ‘Inspire Arts Festival’ held in Jeju, South Korea. He was also chosen to work with the Schleswig-Holstein Chamber Choir in Lübeck, working with Simon Halsey and Nicholas Fink. In 2015, he conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as part of the ‘St Magnus International Festival’, working with Sian Edwards and Charles Peebles.

Other notable career highlights include conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker Ensemble at the ‘Conductors Lab’ in Aix-en-Provence and making his debut at St David’s Hall Cardiff, working with Allen Vizzutti in the gala concert of the ‘Arcomis International Brass Festival’. Robert was also invited to conduct at the ‘International Masterclasses Berlin’ where he worked with Michail Jurowski and the Berlin Sinfonietta. He has acted as Assistant Conductor to the Britten-Pears Orchestra with Kirill Karabits.

Robert is a passionate leader and active educator. His conducting students have secured posts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He is Principal Conductor to the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Square Chapel in Halifax. As a leading Choral Conductor he directed the Huddersfield Choral Society in a concert performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He holds the MMus and FRSM qualifications, having studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester.