Janet Oates is a composer, teacher, performer and conductor. She was awarded a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway having achieved a distinction in her MMus there under Simon Holt and Phil Cashian. She has written a chamber opera, Are there llamas? produced in Richmond in 2010, and an ensemble opera for amateurs (2012). An oratorio for baroque forces, Lilith, was performed by Isleworth Baroque in 2014. Her songs and vocal works have won awards, and have been performed in several countries. She is an active member of CoMA (Contemporary Music for All), the London Composers' Forum, and the Richmond New Music Collective (co-founder). In June 2018 a Borough New Music concert was dedicated to her works.
As a singer she enjoys contemporary song, especially premiering new works including those by Greg Rose, Rhiannon Randle and Tansy Davies, as well as singing early music in her ensemble Duo Maddalena, mainstream rep in her classical duo SopranoSoprano, and jazz/pop music in her a capella trio The Decibelles! www.decibellesuk.co.uk. She is artistic director of the new vocal ensemble Philomel, specialising in 17th century works and new commissions, with a focus on female composers. www.philomel.co.uk. She aims to demystify contemporary music, and spread the joy and satisfaction of musical performance to as many people as possible through her choirs, workshops, teaching, performances and her own pieces.
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