Christopher Finch

Christopher Finch CHRISTOPHER FINCH is an acclaimed choral conductor and accompanist. He rose to national prominence in 2010 when he led the Wellensian Consort to the title of BBC Choir of the Year 2010, the UK's premier choral competition. He enjoyed further competitive success in 2013 when two of his choirs were chosen by BBC Radio 3 to represent the UK in the biennial international choral competition Let the Peoples Sing. He is greatly in demand as a conductor, accompanist, vocal coach, répétiteur and teacher. He is currently Director of Chapel Choir and Accompanist at Wells Cathedral School. A passionate advocate of the importance of singing in education, Christopher is actively engaged in outreach programmes as a choral advisor and guest conductor.

Appointed as music director to Bristol Bach Choir in January 2012, Christopher combines this with his commitments conducting the Wellensian Consort and the award winning choir, Choralia. He is also music director of one of Bath's leading chamber choirs, A Handful of Singers. In addition to conducting many of the great orchestral/choral works, Christopher has worked as a répétiteur for the late Richard Hickox; was John Rutter's chorus master for a performance of his Requiem in Wells Cathedral; acted as chorus master for Charles Hazelwood's production of Carmen; accompanied the Bath Camerata; was director of a festival of contemporary South American music in York; and has given recitals with some of the country's leading young professional vocalists.

Christopher has performed throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East including a memorable tour of China and Hong Kong during which he conducted and accompanied at Peking University, Beijing Conservatoire and Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and adjudicated a piano competition in Beijing. In July 2011 Christopher was invited to perform at the memorial concert for the much-loved composer Geoffrey Burgon, at St. John's Smith Square, alongside the City of London Sinfonia.

At Wigmore Hall he conducted the chamber choir Caeli Chorum in a performance of John Tavener's music, with Patricia Rozario, Robert Cohen and Julius Drake in the presence of the composer. He has performed at major UK festivals including both Cheltenham and Bath International Music Festivals.

His performances, particularly with Wells Cathedral School Chapel Choir, the Wellensian Consort and Choralia have been broadcast widely on BBC television and radio, and more recently in Europe.

In 2013 the Wellensian Consort made its debut recording (on Naxos) and A Handful of Singers also released its first CD.