The English conductor, Charles Peebles, studied at Cambridge, the Guildhall, and as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. He has conducted many distinguished orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Singers, City of London Sinfonia , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Composers Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In 1992, Charles Peebles won Ist International Cadaques Conducting Competition in Spain and has since conducted virtually every major Spanish orchestra including Orquesta Nacional de Espana. Elsewhere he has conducted the Wiener Kammerorchester in Vienna , Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, concerts in Turkey including with the Presidential Symphony and concerts with the National Symphony of Mexico. He has recorded for Hyperion and Largo records.
Opera appearances have included many productions of a wide repertoire for English Touring Opera and Broomhill, W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and a critically acclaimed series of Rossini opera productions for Garsington Opera. In 2001, he conducted W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni for Bavarian State Opera in Munich returning there for the same work in 2002. Since then he made his Far East debut in a televised concert with Jose Cura in Taiwan and conducted a hugely successful production of Cilea's L'arlesiana with Holland Park Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2001, he has been Music Director of University College Opera, where he as conducted operas by Berlioz, Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Robert Schumann, Weber and Bloch in addition to the British Premieres of Dvorak's Vanda, Reynaldo Hahn's Ciboulette, Lalo's Fiesque and the first staging since the eighteenth century of Rameau's Acante et Céphise.
From its outset, Charles Peebles has served as Co-Director, alongside its founder, Martyn Brabbins, at the Orkney Conductors Course, which since its formation in 2003, has swiftly achieved recognition as Europe's foremost forum for the training of young conductors. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by UCL.