Festival Director

London Handel Festival - Festival Director

Gregory Batsleer

Gregory Batsleer is Festival Director for the London Handel Festival and is responsible for leading the programming, growth and development of the Festival, fulfilling its mission to bring Handel’s music to the widest possible audiences.

Gregory has been working at the very highest levels of the classical music industry for over a decade and has built a strong reputation as both an innovative leader and an acclaimed conductor.

From 2012 to 2017, Gregory was Artistic Director of the National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence programme, the first ever in-house music programme of any gallery or museum in the world. He has curated and devised performances for the Southbank Centre, Wilderness Festival and Latitude and collaborated with leading cultural figures across art forms. In 2017, Gregory co-founded Future Stages, a charity dedicated to providing pathways into the performing arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and he is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Festival Voices, a versatile ensemble dedicated to cross-art collaboration.

As a non-executive director, Gregory is on the boards of the Piece Hall in Halifax and Manchester Camerata. As a performer, Gregory has conducted leading ensembles throughout the UK including his work as Chorus Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Huddersfield Choral Society.