Justin Bindley, Music Director

Justin Bindley

Justin Bindley was born in Lancashire and studied singing with John Cameron. He made his debut as Masetto (Don Giovanni) for British Youth Opera and he subsequently sang for English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, New D’Oyly Carte Opera, Carl Rosa Opera, English Bach Festival (at the Royal Opera House), London Opera Players and many smaller companies.

His opera roles were diverse, from Britten to Verdi. He appeared several times at the BBC proms, on recordings and DVDs with Virgin Classics, Hyperion, TER records and Naxos. He sang abroad in countries including Belgium, France, Holland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

For many years he had a teaching practice in both London and Cheltenham and became more and more involved in musical direction. He was musical director for The New Savoyards and Voices2go (including productions of Dido & Aeneas, The Telephone and The Impresario.) He conducted the recording of Liz Upham’s Carmelite Mass in 2011. He has also been vocal advisor to the Cheltenham Bach Choir and Newport Cathedral.

He was asked to form the Salveo Singers for the NHS in London, which he directed from 2013 to 2014. The Pirates of Penzance which he conducted. From 2017 to 2021 he was Music Director of Kennet Opera, conducting full productions of Dido & Aeneas, The Magic Flute, Amahl and the night visitors and The Zoo, and many concerts.

Since moving to Norfolk at the end of 2021 he has been appointed Music Director for Harleston Choral Society (for whom he has conducted Faure Requiem, Corp Christmas Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater). In 2022 he led several workshops for Southwold Choral Society and Bungay Voices and conducted Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night in December 2022. Future engagements for 2024 include Rutter Sprig of Thyme for the Carolean Chorus, Dvorak Mass in D and Saint-Saens Requiem for Harleston Choral Society and Haydn Little Organ Mass for Voices2Go Chamber Choir.