Naveen Arles has established himself as an energetic and inspirational vocal leader and animateur. His 30-plus years in music incorporates two decades of creating and running singing groups of all ages and abilities.
Nav currently directs four choirs including the London International Gospel Choir and two Newham youth choirs, NewYVC and Solid Harmony. He’s always busy coordinating, recording and filming music for production companies including the BBC, Jump Off TV and Twenty Two Events, and labels such as Sony – from conferences and retail events to studio sessions and broadcasts.
All these exciting projects mean Nav regularly conducts on the capital’s major stages and at a range of venues, including the House of Commons and even a London Eye pod for a live radio broadcast.
Nav studied piano with Murray McLachlan and Richard Beauchamp and gained valuable experience from staging musicals between Edinburgh and London. He later created the role of Musical Director at London Metropolitan University, founding all extra-curricular musical activity there. Sponsorship from the Southbank Centre’s Voicelab initiative helped him further his conductor training and he is now studying to qualify as an Artist Teacher in conducting at the CME Institute, under Dr Doreen Rao.
Nav’s strong belief in inclusion, equality and social justice has led him to work with homeless and rehabilitation centres, and he co-founded Sanctuary Voices for refugees and asylum seekers. He now conducts the vocal groups of the acclaimed Grand Union Orchestra and in 2017 is working with Jocelyn Pook on her national performances of Anxiety Fanfare.
After collaborations with the Brandenburg Choral Festival, Nav became the organisation’s Fringe Director, putting together a programme of a cappella and small, non-choral ensembles for its year-round series.
As someone who relishes the opportunity and responsibility to inspire the next generation of music makers, Nav is proud to have served three years as Artistic Director for the Hertfordshire and Ware primary schools music festival, with over 500 young people annually. He has also facilitated vocal workshops for Music For Youth and worked with ARK Schools.