Christopher is building a reputation as an accomplished choral conductor. In addition to being the Musical Director of Harpenden Music Makers he is also the Musical Director of Bookham Choral Society, Streatham Choral Society and Musical Director of his own professional vocal ensemble Dieci Voices (www.diecivoices.com). He is also an assistant conductor for The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Other Choirs he has worked with include; the BBC Singers, The Choir of Brompton Oratory, Glasgow University Chapel Choir, Royal Holloway Chapel Choir, The Paisley Festival Chorus, The RAM Chamber choir and The National Boys Choir of Scotland.
In July of 2012 he completed a two-year Masters course in Choral Conducting at The Royal Academy of Music studying with Patrick Russill and Paul Brough. He completed his undergraduate degree in Vocal Studies at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, studying with Stephen Robertson.
In addition to his conducting Christopher is in great demand as a professional consort singer. He currently sings with a number of professional ensembles including Polyphony, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Platinum Consort, Philharmonia Voices, Cappella Nova and Ludus Baroque, as well as singing in some of London’s premier Church and Cathedral Choirs, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, St Georges Chapel Windsor, The Tower of London, St Brides Fleet Street and The Brompton Oratory.
Assistant Musical Director / Accompanist
Richard Leach has been the regular accompanist for Harpenden Music Makers since January 2017. He is the Organist of Ealing Abbey Choir and was previously Assistant Director of Music at Worksop College. Richard has held organ scholarships at Pembroke College, Oxford and Canterbury Cathedral. He also plays for Streatham Choral Society and has given organ recitals at Canterbury Cathedral, Nottingham Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, All Saints Marlow, and at The Queen’s and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford. Richard is also a freelance piano accompanist and conductor and has played at the Wigmore Hall, for the Concordia Foundation, and as a staff accompanist at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune as well as on The Choir with Blossom Street. Conducting engagements include Messiah (The Merry Opera Company), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Pop-Up Opera), and Tosca (Grimeborn); he was assistant conductor for the Woodhouse Festival 2014 and for Royal Academy Opera’s productions of Le nozze di Figaro and L’incoronazione di Poppea and was chorus master for Ariodante and May Night. He has worked as a répétiteur for The English Concert, The Grange Festival, the Philharmonia Chorus and The Monteverdi Choir, and as an operatic coach at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Richard studied at Oxford, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music.