Composer and conductor Ronald Corp is founder and Artistic Director of the New London Orchestra and the New London Children’s Choir and also Musical Director of the London Chorus and the Highgate Choral Society. He has worked with BBC Singers, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and orchestras in the UK, South Africa and throughout Europe. His recordings for Hyperion and Dutton Epoch have brought much unfamiliar before the public: music by Armstrong Gibbs, Rutland Boughton, Ina Boyle, Hubert Clifford, John Foulds, Herbert Howells, Sidney Jones, Darius Milhaud, Lionel Monckton, Gabriel Pierné, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Prokoviev, Erik Satie, Fraser Simpson, Virgil Thomson and Sir Arthur Sullivan, as well as a series of British, American and European light-music classics
His own compositions to have been recorded include Forever Child and other choral music, a cantata And all the Trumpets Sounded, his Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto and Guernsey Postcards, works for unaccompanied choir, including Dhammapada and Things I didn’t say, as well as the song-cycles Songs of the Elder Sisters, Fields of the Fallen and Dawn on the Somme. Also recorded are three string quartets, a clarinet quintet and the children’s opera The Ice Mountain. Current projects include a Second Symphony and a chamber opera The Pelican, based on Strinberg’s play.
His experience and expertise in choral directing are crystallised in the textbook, The Choral Singer’s Companion (first edn. Batsford, London, 1987; rev. edn. Thames Publishing, London, 2006). He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2012. He has received the award of Honorary Doctor of Music from the universities of Anglia Ruskin and Hull.