Aspire Workshop Leader
Tori Longdon has a masters in choral conducting from the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Thomas Armstrong Prize for the highest mark in a final recital. As a student at Durham university she directed the music at St. Mary’s College Chapel, and she now conducts the Lea Singers of Harpenden, the Hanover Choir and the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir and is an assistant conductor for the Philharmonia Brittanica and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
Tori is in demand as a workshop leader and adjudicator, leading inter-school projects for Hounslow and Slough music services and one of the Voices Foundation’s flagship ‘singing schools’ projects. Her work with young musicians has taken her as far afield as Sweden, China and Poland, and she was recently a judge for Songs Of Praise Young Choir of the Year.
Victoria founded the Templar Scholars in 2014, and has given recitals with them in venues such as St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin In The Fields and Southwark Cathedral. Their recent recording of Cecilia McDowall’s ‘When Time Is Broke’ was used by the composer to promote the work at the American Choral Director’s Association conference, and they were invited to perform for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and President Xi Jinping during his U.K. state visit in 2015.
Victoria appeared as a judge on two series of the hit UK show ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone, as a conductor on BBC Songs Of Praise and she has just finished writing a series of articles on orchestral music and music history for Classic FM.