CHOIRS, ENSEMBLES & CONDUCTING
Christine began choral training and conducting as a student and has worked with many groups, from adult education classes and children’s groups to choral societies, college and university choirs and chamber choirs as well diverse instrumental ensembles and orchestras. In addition to the standard choral repertoire, Christine has extensive experience in music theatre repertoire – musicals, opera and operetta – and in the performance of choral arrangements of a wide variety of music.
Christine’s current conducting activities:
Christine has made a number offor her own choirs which have also been performed and recorded by other groups.
Christine has conducted a wide range offrom renaissance through to contemporary music and small-scale to symphonic forces.
Christine's 2018-9 season brought great variety once again: the UK premiere of a baroque mass (!) - Zelenka's Missa Divi Xaverii - programmed with Charpentier Te Deum and Mozart Prague Symphony; a celebration of Night Watch with a cappella music from plainsong to contemporary and a heap more music from Janequin's Le chant des oiseaux to Icelandic folksongs and extracts from Chicago.
The 2019-20 season features contrasting mass settings: David Briggs Messe pour Notre-Dame,
a colourful and stunning setting reflecting the great French organ
tradition, and Beethoven's glorious Mass in C, in celebration of
Beethoven's 250th anniversary.
Previous choral conducting activities
Previous choral conducting activities have included:
Portsmouth University Choral Society (1993-9) Christine conducted the choir in various large-scale concerts and carol services in both the anglican and catholic cathedrals in Portsmouth.
Huntingdonshire Philharmonic (1987-1993) Christine was assistant conductor and accompanist for the Phil; her roles there included conducting the choir and orchestra in a broadcast performance of Mozart Ave Verum for ITV Highway 1992 as well as considerable orchestral piano playing, including Britten Saint Nicolas and Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms.
Epping Forest FE College choir (c.1990-1993)
St Anne's Singers (mid-1980's-1993) Growing
church choir, this chamber group gave many concerts of smaller-scale
choral pieces, including an orchestrally-accompanied performance of J S
Bach St John Passion.
Other conducting experience
Previous orchestral conducting experiences include:
University of Portsmouth Orchestra and Dramatic and Musical Society ~ various including Rutter Gloria, Opera Evening at Portsmouth Cathedral,
Royal Marines’ School of Music orchestra in various concerts in Portsmouth Cathedrals
Jericho Ensemble in two all-Mozart concerts including the Prague Symphony and Piano Concerto in D Minor K466 (soloist Tim Smith)
Jericho Ensemble in Vaughan WIlliams Five Mystical Songs (John Llewelyn Evans baritione); Finzi Dies Natalis (Elizabeth Menezes soprano); Purcell/Britten Chacony
Aurelien Ensemble in Mozart including Oboe Concerto (soloist Sylvia Harper) and Exsultate Jubilate (soloist Jenny Haxell)
Choral performances with orchestra Repertoire performed includes JS Bach ~ St Matthew and St John Passions, Mass in B minor and Magnificat; Beethoven Missa Solemnis; Bernstein Chichester Psalms; Blackford Mirror of Perfection; Brahms Requiem; Britten Cantata Miserircordium and Saint Nicolas; Handel Judas Maccabaeus and Messiah; Haydn Creation and Nelson Mass; Janáček Otčenáš (organ & harp); Mendelssohn Elijah; Mozart Requiem, Kyrie in D minor, Regina Coeli, Vespers K339 and Mass in C minor; Panufnik Westminster Mass (organ, harp & timps version); Purcell Dido & Aeneas.
Directing from the keyboard: J S Bach Magnificat and Concerto for Oboe and Violin (soloists Sylvia Harper and Elizabeth Porter)
Conductor/MD for premier performance of a new translation of Brecht/Weill Happy End, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 1994
MD, including devising incidental music, for a new staged version of The Old Curiosity Shop
MD for many musicals (orchestrally accompanied) including: South Pacific, West Side Story, The Most Happy Fella, High Society, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat.
MD for semi-staged version of Purcell Dido & Aeneas
MD for semi-staged excerpts of Carmen, Suor Angelica, The Magic Flute, Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Cavalliera Rusticana, HMS Pinafore