Leslie Olive has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra and many professional orchestral ensembles. He is especially highly regarded for his interpretations of English music including the symphonies of Vaughan Williams. Players enjoy his clarity of gesture, his deep understanding of the music, and his efficiency in rehearsal. Feedback from one extremely knowledgeable audience member described his performance of Vaughan Williams' London Symphony as "one of the very best I have heard for a long time. And I have over 30 recordings of that work."
For ten years, Leslie has also been conductor of the highly-regarded Eye Bach Choir, where the enthusiastic membership is currently growing rapidly and threatens to exceed the space available for the performers in Eye’s magnificent church.
For a much longer time, Leslie Olive has conducted the Surrey-based English Arts Chorale, which he founded, and which has sung at The Barbican Concert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin in the Fields, and in many cathedrals around the country as well as broadcasting for Radio 4 and touring in Europe. The composer John Rutter paid English Arts Chorale an expert’s compliment when he recently described their distinctive sound as “translucent.”
In other work, Leslie Olive founded and directed the nearly-100-strong boys choir of Colchester Royal Grammar School, taking them on European tours and performing alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the choir of Trinity College Cambridge. He has conducted the London Philharmonic Choir, the Choir of Royal Holloway University of London, Opera Brava and London Opera Players. For four years he was a music director for BBC radio. He founded Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.