Kantos Chamber Choir was founded in 2015 by Ellie Slorach. The choir comprises the top choral singers across the North who have begun or are about to begin their professional careers. Since its formation, Kantos has risen to the forefront of choral singing in Manchester and the North West. The choir prides itself on the originality of its concerts, performing both well-known and new compositions in innovative and exciting ways. We are proud to be the associate choir for Collective31. The choir champions new music and frequently performs commissions by composers based in and around Manchester. Kantos also holds an annual Christmas Carol composition Competition.
In addition to our own concerts, Kantos regularly broadcasts for the BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship programmes. Recent engagements have included performances and recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. The choir have recorded on record labels including Decca Classics and Prima Facie. Kantos is professional and versatile: one week we join Gary Numan on a UK tour including a Royal Albert Hall show and the next week, we perform a world premiere by contemporary composer, Camden Reeves, at the Pendle Heritage Centre!
Ellie is a conductor based in the North West. She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a masters degree with distinction in conducting in 2018 after studying music at the University of Manchester.
Ellie is the Musical Director of Radius Opera, Chester Festival Chorus and Stafford Choral Society and the Associate Conductor of Manchester Chamber Choir. In 2015 she founded Kantos Chamber Choir. With Kantos, Ellie has been the director and chorus master for numerous recordings and performances including with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic on labels including Decca Classics. Ellie regularly directs for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service and Sunday Worship broadcasts and directed Kantos in Rome and Assisi for broadcasts last summer.
In 2018, Ellie was on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme studying conducting with Marin Alsop and the Women’s Conductors course run by the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio. She was recently selected to work with the BBC Philharmonic in a masterclass and studio concert and in June 2018 she was a prize-winner in Romania at the Gheorghe Dima International Choir Conducting Competition.
Having previously worked with many of the Hallé’s ensembles including the Hallé Choir, Ellie looks forward to taking up the role of Musical Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra for the 2019-20 season. She will also give her debut concert performance with Manchester Chamber Choir in the autumn, as well as touring a premiere production with Radius Opera. www.ellieslorach.co.uk