Tori Longdon studied choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a distinction and the Thomas Armstrong prize. She is now the Principal Conductor of the Covent Garden Chorus, Assistant Conductor of the National Youth Training Choir and coached the choirs for the Coronation Concert of King Charles III at Windsor Castle in May 2023.
She is the co-founder of the Stay At Home Choir, an international community of more than 29,000 choral singers which she leads together with Swingles baritone Jamie Wright.
Tori is currently a conductor for Songs Of Praise on BBC1, as well as an adjudicator for ‘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’. As a broadcaster, she has interviewed some of classical music’s most famous names, including Marin Alsop, John Rutter, Sir Karl Jenkins, Sofi Jeannin and Christopher Tin.
She travels the world leading workshops, adjudicating competitions and working with young conductors, most recently in Australia (June ’23) Finland (September ’23) and Austria (upcoming - Nov ’23). She has written several articles for ClassicFM’s online magazine, lectured for the Artist Development postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music, and for the musicianship course at the Junior Guildhall Conservatoire.
Professional choirs under her direction have sung in venues such as Wembley Arena, St. John’s Smith Square and Southwark Cathedral and performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and President Xi Jinping of China.