Biography

Christopher Weston studied musicology at Clare College, Cambridge and performance at the Royal College of Music. Following his debut at the Barbican Concert Hall aged 16, he was invited to perform in major venues throughout London including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John’s Smith Square and the Henry Wood Hall. International appearances have taken him to Bartók National Concert Hall and Pest Municipal Concert Hall (Hungary) as well as recitals in Italy and Portugal. His CD recordings for Dewolfe Music feature regularly on TV and radio broadcast.

A passionate collaborative musician, Christopher took 1st Prize in the 2013 Brooks-Van der Pump competition for song accompaniment. He regularly performs with Tom Raskin (tenor) and Colin Baldy (baritone) and has worked with other notable artists including the former BBC New Generation Artist Daniela Lehner (mezzo-soprano), Stuart Jackson (tenor) and Alisdair Hogarth (pianist).

Recent performances have included Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with the Northern Lights Symphony (St. Martin-in- the-Fields), Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (The Maldon Festival), Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with the Canterbury Symphony (Colyer-Ferguson Hall, Canterbury) as well as performances of Schubert’s Winterreise in London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.

Christopher first discovered his love of music at the age of 8 as a chorister in the Felsted Preparatory School Choir under Andrew Lowen and Roger Muttit, with whom he performed in cathedral tours throughout the UK, Germany and France. He was awarded a choral scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge, where he sang under the direction of Timothy Brown. Whilst at Clare, he toured Amsterdam and was invited to perform at the BBC Proms. His discography includes multiple CD Recordings with Clare College Choir, as well as a live concert recording of

Bach Cantatas with Sir John Elliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. Recent performances include the tenor arias in J. S. Bach’s Johannes Passion (with Pegasus Baroque in Essex and Oxfordshire) and Clem in Benjamin Britten’s Little Sweep (Felsted Opera). Christopher now works as a vocal coach and has successfully coached students for choral scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge universities, as well as coaching adults in professional oratorio and operatic productions.

Christopher is also an accomplished composer, and his first major work Taking the Riff (1996), took prizes in The Cornelius Cardew and British Clarinet and Saxophone Society Competitions, garnering him a publishing contract. His music has been performed by The Soloists of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Self-Made Music Theatre and The Northern Saxophone Quartet among others. Most recently The Prince Consort gave a performance of Apache Prayer (2015) at the Bath International Festival 2017, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. Christopher has recently completed a Trio of Carols (for choir and organ) and a Dance Suite (for woodwind and piano).

Christopher is employed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as deputy professor of composition in the junior department.