Chris Gill

Music teacher, conductor and author

Conducting

Chris Gill gained a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Birmingham, specialising in conducting. In his final year, he attended the Canford Conducting Course with George Hirst and took part a Conducting Workshop with West Australian Symphony Orchestra. After graduating, he went on to study with Baldur Brönnimann on the RNCM Conducting Course. He has now built up an extensive repertoire, conducting over 200 performances with several orchestras, choirs and opera companies. He has worked with soloists such as Alison Balsom (Haydn Trumpet Concerto) and Carolyn Sampson (Mozart Vespers) and his performances have been broadcast on BBC television and radio.

Chris has conducted many orchestras, including the Lancashire Sinfonietta, City of Preston Orchestra, Isis Chamber Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of Manchester, Amaretti Chamber Orchestra, Harrogate Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Burnley Symphony Orchestra and Rochdale Youth Orchestra, in venues such as the BBC Studios in Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music, Preston Guild Hall and Blackpool Tower Ballroom. His orchestral repertoire includes Brahms Haydn Variations, Casella Scarlattiana, Dvořák New World Symphony and Slavonic Dances, Elgar Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Haydn Farewell Symphony and Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Symphony No.40 and Clarinet Concerto, Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals, Schumann Cello Concerto, Strauss Oboe Concerto and Stravinsky Petrouchka

Chris is the Founder and Musical Director of Heritage Opera, a professional touring opera company touring across the UK, with whom he has conducted over 20 operas, including the world première of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park and the UK professional première of Moniuszko's Halka. He has also appeared as a Musical Director for Grimeborn Festival, Flatpack Music, Opera Anywhere, City of Manchester Opera, Preston Opera, Birmingham University Summer Festival Opera, and the Una Voce Opera Company and as Assistant Conductor at Longborough Festival Opera and Oxford Opera. He has translated and conducted Mozart Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte, and has co-translated and conducted Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin. Other operatic repertoire includes Bizet Carmen; Britten The Turn of the Screw; Donizetti L'elisir d'amore and La fille du régiment; Mozart Die Zauberflöte; Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana, Puccini La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Tosca, Purcell Dido and Aeneas, Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia, Saint-Saëns Samson and Deliliah; Strauss Die Fledermaus; Sullivan Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore; and Verdi La traviata.

Chris has conducted many choirs and choral societies, including Preston Cecilian Choral Society, Bury Choral Society, Burnley Choral Society, Birmingham University Chamber Choir and Liturgical Choir, Clitheroe Chorale, the A Capella Singers and Interlude Choir in Normandy, France. He has led choral workshops for Preston Arts Festival, Accrington and Rossendale College and Swan Hellenic Cruises. His extensive choral repertoire includes Brahms German Requiem, Britten Ceremony of Carols, Dvořák Te Deum, Fauré Requiem, Handel Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Haydn Marie Therese Mass and Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Mass in C minor and Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana, Parry Blest Pair of Sirens, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, In Windsor Forest and Serenade to Music, and Vivaldi Gloria. He was the choirmaster for Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Reviews


'Versatile conducting, which nursed out beautifully graded, subtle detail'
Opera Now


'A thoughtful choral and orchestral conductor and a self-demanding, determined factotum.'
Opera magazine


'A capable and enabling conductor ... formed into a strong, distinctive and coherent ensemble.'
Opera Now


'Chris Gill's sure and clear direction brought out the musical best from his able cast.'
Lancashire Evening Post


'Chris Gill's experience conducting opera brought many dividends to this performance.'
Bury Times

'Chris Gill's conducting was most precise ... In the short time he has been with them, Chris Gill has persuaded all departments to summon up their best. The orchestra seems transformed.'
Burnley Express & News


'The Musical Director Chris Gill... clearly demonstrated a firm grip on his new challenge.'
Rochdale Observer


'[Burnley Municipal Choir and Symphony Orchestra] were at their best. They are fortunate to have found Chris Gill to conduct them. He is a young man on a mission and is bringing a rare melodic fire out of all concerned.'
Burnley Express & News

Repertoire

Orchestral


Arnold Suite No. 1 for Orchestra
Beethoven Egmont Overture*
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 *
Beethoven Symphony No. 3*
Beethoven Symphony No. 5*
Beethoven Symphony No. 9*
Brahms Symphony No. 1*
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Brahms Haydn Variations
Casella Scarlattiana
Dvořák New World Symphony
Dvořák Slavonic Dances
Elgar Enigma Variations
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1 and 4
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Fauré Sicilienne
Fauré Pavane
Handel Water Music
Haydn Farewell Symphony
Haydn Surprise Symphony*
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mozart Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition*
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals
Schumann Cello Concerto
Smetana Vltava
R Strauss Oboe Concerto
R Strauss Also Sprach Zarasthustra*
Stravinsky Petrouchka*
Stravinsky Four Russian Songs
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6*

Choral


Bach Jesu, meine Freunde
Bach Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Britten Hymn to St Cecilia
Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Bruckner Four Motets
Dvořák Te Deum
Elgar Te Deum and Benedictus
Fauré Requiem
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Grieg Ave Maris Stella
Grieg Four Psalms
Handel Messiah
Handel Coronation Anthems
Haydn Marie Therese Mass
Haydn Nelson Mass
Mendelssohn Elijah
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
Mozart Ave Verum
Mozart Exsultate jubilate
Mozart Jubilate Deo
Mozart Mass in C minor
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Tantum ergo
Mozart Vespers
Orff Carmina Burana
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Purcell Ode on St Cecilia's Day
Schubert Mass in G
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
Vaughan Williams In Windsor Forest
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music
Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs
Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region
Vierne Mass for choir and two organs
Vivaldi Gloria

Operatic


Bellini Norma*
Bizet Carmen
Britten The Turn of the Screw
Donizetti La fille du régiment
Donizetti L’elisir d’amore
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel
Lehár Die Lustige Witwe*
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana
Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors
Mozart Idomeneo*
Mozart Così fan tutte
Mozart Don Giovanni
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Pepusch The Beggar's Opera
Puccini La bohème
Puccini Madama Butterfly
Puccini Tosca
Purcell Dido and Aeneas
J Strauss Die Fledermaus
Sullivan HMS Pinafore
Sullivan Trial by Jury
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Verdi La Forza del Destino*
Verdi Aïda*
Verdi Nabucco*
Verdi Il trovatore*
Verdi La traviata

* excerpts