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
James graduated with a Master of Arts in Organ Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009, where he studied organ interpretation with Nicolas Kynaston, and improvisation with Lionel Rogg and Matthew Martin. During his time at the Academy, James gained the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, as well as the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma. He was also the recipient of several Academy prizes including the Eric Thiman Organ Prize for solo organ.
James has taken part in numerous masterclasses with internationally acclaimed organists Olivier Latry, Daniel Roth, Bine Bryndorf, Piet Kee, James O’Donnell, Patrick Russill and David Titterington, amongst others. He was chosen to play the organ for Elton John’s visit to the Academy and has also taken part in numerous performances abroad with the organ department including South Germany, Sweden, Denmark and France.
During this period, James was also organ scholar at St Bride’s Church Fleet Street where he performed regularly with the professional choir and music team for services and concerts. As a solo recitalist, James has played in many of the UK’s most prestigious churches and cathedrals including Westminster Cathedral, The Temple Church, St Bride’s, various Oxford chapels, Worcester, Bristol, and Coventry Cathedrals and Bath Abbey, and numerous others. He has also given a number of world premiere performances by renowned composers including David Bednall and Diana Burrell, with the latter as part of London’s Spitalfields Festival.
James recently performed the Complete Organ Works of JS Bach at Haileybury where he served as organist, and he now splits his time between teaching and a busy freelance career.