"Her conducting was deft and agile, as she directed the mellifluous vocal lines."

The Arts Desk

biography

Tori Longdon studied at Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a distinction for her MA in Choral Conducting. She now directs a number of ensembles around London including the Covent Garden Chorus, and holds the post of International Music Director for the Alpha Choral Courses in Shenzhen, China. 

Tori is a conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is the co-founder of the 23,000 strong Stay At Home Choir, together with Swingles baritone Jamie Wright.

Tori is currently an on-screen conductor for Songs Of Praise on BBC1, as well as an adjudicator for their competitions including ‘Young Choir Of The Year’ and ‘Young Chorister Of The Year’. She appeared on BBC2 as a judge on two series of the ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone. She has written several articles for ClassicFM’s online magazine, lectured for the Artist Development course at the Royal Academy of Music in London and interviewed some of Classical music’s most famous names, including Marin Alsop, John Rutter, Sir Karl Jenkins, Cecilia McDowall, Sir James MacMillan and Christopher Tin. 

Her workshop leading and adjudicating has taken her around the world, from Poland and Sweden to China and the USA. She is a passionate advocate of music education in all its forms, teaching at the Junior Guildhall conservatoire in London and coaching voice for the Royal Schools of Church Music and the Voices Foundation. 

Professional choirs under her direction have sung in venues such as Wembley Arena, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin In The Fields and Southwark Cathedral. They have also performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and President Xi Jinping of China during his state visit to the UK.