Conducted NewYVC and 500 other youth on the Royal Festival Hall stage
Musically directed Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Gospel UK Tour (the Studio 54 legend)
Began working with Pauline Quirke Academy’s national staff training programme to deliver better music leading and vocal skills training
Naveen Arles, MISM, has established himself as an energetic and inspirational vocal leader and animateur. His 35 years in music incorporates 25 years of creating and running singing groups of all ages and abilities.
Nav currently directs various groups, including NewYVC, a youth choir in Newham, Grand Union Voices, the vocal unit of the acclaimed 30-year-old world fusion jazz big band, Grand Union Orchestra, and is now working with Liberty Choirs in prisons. His primary project is as Artistic Director of the London International Gospel Choir (LIGC), which he has grown into a 140-member, two-rehearsals per week performance choir now seen on all UK broadcast formats.
All these exciting projects mean Nav regularly conducts on London’s major stages and at a range of venues, including the House of Commons and on the pitch at Twickenham during the Rugby World-Cup semi-finals. Due to his ability to create groups of singers very quickly and efficiently, Nav has provided vocal groups to the BBC, ITV, Endemol, Thames, and to Tuesday’s Child, and from conferences to retail events to studio sessions.
Nav’s ability to motivate people to try music and to train any group of people has meant he has led choirs from all parts of society ranging from board level bankers to recently arrived refugees. These experiences have opened the door to others, including delivering regular training to organisations, such as the Pauline Quirke Academy’s national programme, providing vocal leadership and teaching CPD, and to corporate empowerment through The King’s Fund and their senior management development programmes.
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. 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.
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.