Recently announced as the Assistant Conductor for 2022/23 of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Chloe (born 1996) will join the Finals in May 2022 of the first Rotterdam Conducting Competition, having been selected one of 6 Designate Winners in the first round last year. Also in 2021 she was awarded the Audience Prize at the Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition, and attracted attention at the Malko Competition (their youngest competitor): “Many will leave Copenhagen with memories of Chloe Rooke, the young British conductor who lit the competition up with her sense of music’s joy and communicative potential” – Andrew Mellor, Gramophone.
Conducting engagements in Spring 2022 include: London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican (family concert), a National Children’s Orchestra (GB) course, and a performance of Cosi Fan Tutte with the Dutch National Opera Academy at the Bredeweg Festival in Amsterdam. In October 2021 she conducted musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra on BBC Radio 3 in several world premieres by young British composers. This Summer she assists on Don Pasquale at the Glyndebourne Festival, having already assisted on Magic Flute in Nancy earlier this season, and this Spring at several Dutch orchestras (Residentie, Noord Nederlands Orkest and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic).
Her new position as Assistant Conductor at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (supporting their Chief Conductor Karina Canellakis, among others) follows upon two years of post-graduate study on the Dutch National Master in Orchestral Conducting, where she has been mentored by Jac Van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery, Ed Spanjaard and Antony Hermus. Prior to that she studied under Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy in London, where she was awarded the Ernst Read Conducting prize and Fred Southall Memorial prize and an MA in Orchestral Conducting (Distinction). She has conducted orchestras across Europe in masterclasses and competitions, also assisting conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and John Wilson, and has received tuition from Martyn Brabbins, Marin Alsop and David Zinman. She has conducted performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Renard, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and The Choice of Hercules, and Walton's The Bear; (New Chamber Opera) and assisted on productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (BYO/Southbank Sinfonia) Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna, Paisello’s The Barber of Seville, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Cimarosa’s The Parisian Painter (New Chamber Opera).
Passionate about music’s role in bringing social transformation, Chloe was recently announced as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Street Orchestra Live (the UK’s first street orchestra), her association dating back to 2019. SOL holds the mantra ‘Music for everyone, anywhere’, touring each year to parts of England with limited access to the arts. Each performance exudes the ensemble’s core ethos: to share the joy of music in the every-day, and invite unassuming passers-by to join in the party for a moment in time. Chloe was Musical Director for award-winning new musical STOP, both in its original Oxford run and on tour in 2017. Workshopped by Claude-Michel Schönberg and mental health charity Sane, the musical opened up conversations and criticised taboos around mental health. It received much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, being shortlisted for 'Best Musical' and winning 'Best Score'.
Chloe began her conducting journey with a passion to bring people together to forge meaningful relationships and powerful performances, initially working with student and amateur orchestras at Oxford (where she graduated with first class honours in 2018) and in London. She was the founder conductor of the NW1 Collective, Oxford University Press Orchestra, St Catherine’s College Orchestra, Wycombe Student Music, and was elected as the conductor of the Oxford University Wind Orchestra for two consecutive seasons. Under her baton the ensemble received a Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival and undertook a tour to the East Coast of the USA.
2021/22 season / 612 words as of 17 February 2022. Not to be altered without permission.
“Many will leave Copenhagen with memories of Chloe Rooke, the young British conductor who lit the competition up with her sense of music’s joy and communicative potential.”