Conductor Chloe Rooke believes in the potential of the musician to release the unique character of music. Her empathy and command from the podium results in evocative performances that celebrate the collective experience and expression of the art form.
She is driven by a deep desire to lead those who perform and those who listen on a youthful, energising and accessible musical journey that will inspire the next generation.
Highly Commended in the ‘Young Star’ category of the 2017 Women of the Future Awards, Chloe has rapidly gained a reputation for inspiring leadership and innovative performances across symphonic and operatic repertoire. She is currently studying with Sian Edwards for an MA in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is recipient of the Ernest Read Conducting Prize and holds an entrance scholarship.
Chloe has conducted orchestras across the UK and abroad, in masterclass and performance settings, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the New Mozart Orchestra, and the Oxford Sinfonia She has participated in masterclasses with Martyn Brabbins, Marin Alsop, David Zinman, Mark Stringer, Benjamin Zander and Robert Trevino; and has assisted and prepared orchestras for conductors including Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Robert Trevino and Jac Van Steen. Chloe is founder and music director of the NW1 Collective which specialises in works and arrangements for sinfonietta and chamber orchestra. In May 2020 she has been invited to represent the Royal Academy of Music in Kyoto, conducting the final concert of the annual Kyoto International Music Student's Festival.
In opera, Chloe has conducted performances of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Renard, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and The Choice of Hercules, and Walton's The Bear; (New Chamber Opera) and assisted on productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola (BYO/Southbank Sinfonia) Haydn’s Il Mondo Della Luna, Paisello’s The Barber of Seville, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cimarosa’s The Parisian Painter, Galvani’s Rothschild’s Violin (World Premiere), and Leo’s La Zingretta (New Chamber Opera).
Passionate about music’s role in bringing social transformation, Chloe is assistant conductor of Street Orchestra Live, the UK’s first street orchestra. It holds the mantra ‘Music for Anyone, Everywhere’, touring each year to parts of the country with limited access to the arts. Each performance exudes the ensemble’s core ethos; to share the joy of music in the everday, and invite unassuming passers-by to join in the party for a moment in time. Chloe was also musical director for award-winning new musical STOP, both in its original Oxford run and on tour in 2017. Workshopped by Claude-Michel Schönberg and mental health charity Sane, the musical opened up conversations and criticised taboos around mental health. It received much critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, being shortlisted for 'Best Musical' and winning 'Best Score'.
Founder and music director of Wycombe Student Music, Chloe leads the collective in two projects each year, bringing together local university students to inspire the younger generation and raise money for local charities. In 2016 this culminated in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and in 2018 the group produced their own music festival. She is currently teaches conducting at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also conducts the Contemporary Ensemble.
She was previously founder conductor of the Oxford University Press Orchestra and the St Catherine’s College Orchestra, and was elected as the conductor of the Oxford University Wind Orchestra for two consecutive seasons. Under her baton the ensemble received a Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival and undertook a tour to the East Coast of the USA.
In 2018 she graduated with first class honours in Music from St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and was a Britten Pears Young Artist.