Ivor Setterfield is a leading British choral and orchestral conductor. The founder and musical director of the Trafalgar Sinfonia, one of the UK’s most exceptional chamber ensembles, Ivor is also the director of the New London Singers and Barts Choir, one of the capital’s largest musical institutions. Ivor has conducted a number of the UK’s leading orchestras and regularly performs at major international venues including the Royal Albert Hall, London’s South Bank, and the Barbican Centre.
Described by critics as a “ball of energy and determination”, Ivor is credited with “a talent for translating musical direction into analogies that even the untrained singer can understand”.
Ivor enjoyed a distinguished career as a solo boy treble at St Alban’s Cathedral before graduating in music from York University. He was subsequently awarded scholarships to study singing and conducting at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Academy of Music studying with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis, as well as the great Russian conductors Ilya Musin and Valery Gergiev.
Ivor founded the celebrated Trafalgar Sinfonia in the early 90s. With an international following, this outstanding ensemble brings together exceptional young musicians, presenting a regular season of diverse and versatile concerts at the famous St Martin in the Fields in the heart of London, as well as performing at a number of other UK and international venues. The ensemble’s recent recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and English string music both received widespread critical acclaim.
Ivor has guest conducted extensively in the UK and internationally including with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Anhaltische Philharmonie, the London Mozart Players, and the Hanover Band.
Ivor has made regular TV appearances on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5, including presenting his Rose d’Or-nominated landmark documentary series The Singing Estate. A mentor to Drum & Bass star Goldie in the hugely popular BBC series Maestro, Ivor returned to the screen in a follow-up TV show documenting Goldie’s journey composing a classical piece for the BBC Proms.