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Christopher Willoughby

Voice Type:

Tenor

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Christopher Willoughby – Concert Biography

Christopher Willoughby began his musical education as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of James O’Donnell. During his time as a chorister Christopher was fortunate to be involved in many prestigious events including engagements for the queen, national radio and singing at the first night of the Proms in 2010. The experience that Christopher gained during his time as a chorister inspired him to pursue a career in music and the skills he acquired are still useful to this day.
Following his time as a chorister Christopher went on to secure a music scholarship at Harrow School. Here Christopher was able to explore new solo repertoire for the first time. This led to Christopher performing the role of the evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio in his penultimate year among many other solo and choral performances. Outside of his school commitments Christopher was also a viola player in the CBSO Youth Orchestra for seven years and made occasional appearance with the professional consort group the ‘Armonico Consort’ led by Christopher Monks. During his final year at Harrow Christopher successfully auditioned for a full-time position at Lincoln Cathedral as a choral scholar and alongside this also took part in the VOCES8 scholars program.
Moving to Lincoln marked the beginning of Christopher’s professional musical career. While a choral scholar, Christopher sang for the eight liturgical services a week at the cathedral, simultaneously being involved in concerts, BBC radio 3 broadcasts, and a recording set to be released at the end of the month. Solo opportunities while at Lincoln included ‘Erwäge’ in Bach’s St John Passion, ‘Pilate’ in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and his debut with Banbury Choral Society as the tenor soloist in the 2016 production of Handel’s Messiah.
Having spent two years as a choral scholar at Lincoln, Christopher has now moved on to continue his musical education as a choral scholar reading music at Royal Holloway, University of London. Alongside his studies and choir commitments at Royal Holloway Christopher is also currently a member of The Sixteen’s Scholarship Programme, Genesis Sixteen which sees him performing at Magdalen College Oxford, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the National Opera Studio in London later this year.

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