Bob Chilcott In Conversation with Harry Christophers

Join us 'live on Zoom' as composer Bob Chilcott interviews Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, followed by a short audience Q&A.
We are delighted to host a post-concert conversation and Q&A on the evening of Saturday 22 May with composer, singer and condcutor Bob Chilcott, and the Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, Harry Christophers. 
The 45-minute conversation will offer unique insights, supported by brilliant anecdotes, about Harry's life and work as the conductor and founder of one of the world's greatest ensembles. Bob will explore how Harry goes about programming, delving into The Sixteen's beginnings and how life has changed for the choir, who celebrated their 40th anniversary just two years ago. Hear how and why Harry creates The Sixteen's unique sound and learn about his conducting style and choice of repertoire, as well as some reflections on the future of choral singing.
The free event (approx 1 hour) will take place on Zoom and is an exclusive opportunity to meet Harry and Bob. Includes a short Q&A after the conversation.
Booking is now open. You must book a free ticket for the event (even if you have a Full Festival of Classical Pass). We will email you the Zoom login details approximately 24 hours before.
Please note the change of interviewer from Elin Manahan Thomas (as previously advertised) to Bob Chilcott.
Harry Christophers

Harry Christophers 

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

Harry Christophers stands among today’s great champions of choral music. In partnership with The Sixteen, he has set benchmark standards for the performance of everything from late medieval polyphony to important new works by contemporary composers.

Under his leadership The Sixteen has established its hugely successful annual Choral Pilgrimage, created the Sacred Music series for BBC television, and developed an acclaimed period-instrument orchestra. Highlights of their recent work include an Artist Residency at Wigmore Hall, a large-scale tour of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival and a live-streamed performance of MacMillan’s Stabat mater from the Sistine Chapel. Their future projects, meanwhile, comprise a new series devoted to Purcell and an ongoing survey of Handel’s dramatic oratorios.

Harry Christophers has served as Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society since 2008, is Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Granada Orchestra and has worked as guest conductor with, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie. Christophers’ extensive commitment to opera has embraced productions for English National Opera and Lisbon Opera and work with the Granada, Buxton and Grange festivals.

He recently collaborated with BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch to produce a book entitled A New Heaven: Choral Conversations in celebration of the group’s 40thanniversary.

Harry Christophers was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours list. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has Honorary Doctorates in Music from the Universities of Leicester, Northumbria, Canterbury Christ Church and Kent.