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Harry Christophers

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British conductor Harry Christophers was knowledgeable in the Canterbury Cathedral Choir College and Magdalen University, Oxford. He founded the Sixteen, the choral ensemble making use of their associated instrumental ensemble, in 1977. The Sixteen performs with an focus on early British polyphony, but additionally in a assorted repertoire from your Renaissance to modern composers. He offers led the Sixteen on trips throughout European countries, America, and china and taiwan, and on over 70 recordings. To execute music for choir and orchestra, Christophers founded the Symphony of Tranquility & Invention. His recordings have already been granted two Grand Prix du Disque honors, two Deutsche Schallplatten awards, two Diapason d’Or honours, as well as the 1992 Gramophone Early Music Award (for the to begin the five-volume series Music From your Eton Choirbook). Christophers also performs as visitor conductor with orchestras like the British Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, as well as the St. Louis Symphony. His operatic repertoire contains Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Gluck’s Orfeo, Handel’s Ariodante, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He carried out Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea in Sept 2000 in his debut using the British Country wide Opera. Christophers’ recordings using the Sixteen have continuing in a breakneck speed, with many dozen recordings showing up between 2010 and 2017 only. Furthermore to performing, Christophers generally contributes a brief note towards the images explaining his appeal towards the music, his known reasons for attempting to record it. He provides generally trapped to his primary Baroque and Renaissance repertory, but provides ventured forwards to Mozart so when far as modern music. British audiences, especially, have got taken care of immediately Christophers’ immediate, personable strategy, and his albums possess earned large airplay in the Classic Radio network in addition to strong sales. In ’09 2009 Christophers extended his workload even more: he became creative director from the Boston-based Handel and Haydn Culture, the oldest, regularly executing musical ensemble within the U.S. For the reason that capability he oversaw the change of the venerable, but conventional, American community firm right into a state-of-the-art traditional performance group, launching brand-new recordings of such regular Handel and Haydn repertory as Haydn’s The Creation (2013). The Handel and Haydn Culture recordings, in addition to those of The Sixteen, made an appearance on Coro, the label set up by Christophers as well as the Sixteen. In 2012 Christophers was called Commander from the Order from the British isles Empire. He released three brand-new, all-instrumental recordings offering Haydn symphonies in 2016 and 2017.

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Full Name Harry Christophers
Profession Conductor
Education The King's School, Canterbury
Nationality English
Spouse Lonnie Christophers
Awards Classic Brit Award for Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year
Albums Song of the Nativity, Coronation Anthems (The Sixteen, feat. Conductor Harry Christophers), Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610, The Deer's Cry, Barber: Agnus Dei - An American Collection, The Voice of the Turtle Dove, Missa corona spinea / Dum transisset Sabbatum I and II, Messiah, The Call of the Beloved (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), The Mystery of the Cross (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), Fauré: Requiem, The Six Motets / The Sixteen (Harry Christophers), Music from the Sistine Chapel, Treasures of Tudor England, Mass for 5 Voices (The Sixteen, director: Harry Christophers), Membra Jesu Nostri, Palestrina Volume 6, The Flowering of Genius (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), An Eternal Harmony, The Indian Queen, Samson - Handel, Palestrina, Vol. 1, Robert Carver, Masses and Motets, Iste Confessor - The Sacred Music of Domenico Scarlatti, Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien, The Rose and the Ostrich Feather: Music from The Eton Choir Book, Volume I, Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn: Symphony No. 7, Symphony No. 83 & Violin Concerto in C Major, Church Music, Volume 1, Ikon of Light, Handel: Saul, 'Cantate' Mass and Other Sacred Choral Music (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), Musikalische Exequien / Deutsches Magnificat / Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener / Vater unser (The Sixteen, feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 4: The Creation: Part I / Part II, Scene I, Chandos Anthems, Volume 2 (The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), Palestrina, Vol. 7, Symphony no. 6 "Le matin" / Symphony no. 82 "L´ours" / Violin Concerto in G major, The Choral Works, Volume II, Stabat mater, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Silent Night, 6 Concertos for Flute (Op.10) also A minor RV 440, The Flower of All Virginity: Eton Choirbook, Volume 4 (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), James MacMillan: Stabat Mater, BBC Music, Volume 10, Number 5: The Creation: Part II, Scene II / Part III, Requiem 1605: Officium Defunctorum, The Crown of Thorns: Eton Choirbook, Volume 2 (The Sixteen feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), Weihnachts Oratorium/Christmas Oratorio (J.S.Bach), Chandos Anthems, Volume 3 (The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra feat. conductor: Harry Christophers), Philip & Mary: A Marriage of England & Spain
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Classic Brit Award for Album of the Year, Classic Brit Award for Classical Recording of the Year


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Sacred Music 2008-2010 TV Series documentary artistic director - 8 episodes
Sacred Music: The Story of Allegri's Miserere 2008 TV Movie artistic director

Music Department

Music Department

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Gawain 1991 TV Movie chorus master: The Sixteen

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Soundtrack

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Children of Men 2006 performer: "Alexander's Feast"

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Sacred Music 2008-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
BBC Proms 2009 TV Series Himself
Sacred Music: The Story of Allegri's Miserere 2008 TV Movie Himself
Visionaries 2008 TV Series Himself

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