Born in Wales, Miles Lallemant began his formal musical education as a cathedral chorister at Llandaff Cathedral. He was awarded a music scholarship to Monmouth School and studied piano with Richard McMahon at the Welsh College of Music and drama. He won a choral scholarship to Cambridge University where he read classics and continued his piano studies with Peter Katin in London.
He subsequently lived in Ireland for several years, during which time he sang in the choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and worked as keyboard player with such outfits as Opera Ireland, Northern Ireland Opera, Ulster Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra. He later lived on a volcano in Sicily and directed the music at St George’s in Taormina before moving to London. There was always plenty of playing to do in London, whether playing carols at Claridge’s or in the garden squares of Kensington or playing on four grand pianos as the Lallemant Quartet (three of his siblings are also professional pianists).
He was director of music at St Matthew’s Kensington Olympia and co-founded the Kensington Olympia Festival of Music and the Arts with Denis Moriarty. As musical director of KOFMA, he directed a variety of productions, including Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Messiah, a variety of Purcell’s Odes and most recently Pärt’s Berliner Messe.
He has worked with Paul Hillier for 14 years, during which time he has performed and recorded a large variety of music from the earliest chant to the most recent commissions as part of Chamber Choir Ireland, Ars Nova, and Theatre of Voices. Currently he is the chorus master of Ars Nova and lives in Copenhagen with his harpsichord, organ, baby grand, partner mezzo-soprano Laura Lamph, and baby Lysander.