Our Music Director

Stop – Press. We will soon be saying goodbye to Chris who is moving to Cardiff. Our new Music Director is Katie Roe

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…is a conductor and freelance musician working in the Birmingham area with a passion for community music. In 2015 he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class degree in music where he majored in conducting, studying with choral conductors Simon Halsey (CBE) and Julian Wilkins, and orchestral conductor Dan Rossina.

Chris has conducted a wide range of genres and ensembles including symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music, wind bands, early music ensembles and choirs.

His early experience includes conducting the University of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, a large early music ensemble with period instruments, chorus, and vocal soloists, and a wind orchestra which grew to over 130 musicians during the four terms he was elected as music director.

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Chris conducted his own composition with Harmonie Wind Band in Essex, recorded by Radio 3, and in the summer of 2014 he was invited to guest conduct the South Essex Youth Symphony Orchestra for their summer course of daily rehearsals and conducting tutoring. In 2015 he attended the international Sherborne Conducting Course, and was recently been invited to conduct the children’s chorus as part of a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”) with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra in Symphony Hall 2016.

As well as conducting Chris enjoys a varied freelance career teaching, orchestrating, organising, and performing, both independently and with organisations including Aldeburgh Music, Music For Youth National Festival, Worcester Youth Music and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2015 Chris succeeded Bryn Bowen as music director of Northfield Notes Community Choir and Shirley Community Gospel Choir. Chris is extremely proud of this choir’s growth in both size and ability, and looks forward to working on developing the repertoire and performances opportunities with the choir in the future.