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Biography

Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, Christopher was a winner of the N.F.M.S. Young Concert Artists' Award and a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition at The Wigmore Hall.  He is also a Samling scholar from Thomas Allen’s inaugural singing course in the Lake District. 

His concert work has seen him perform throughout the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the RPO, BBC SO and Les Musiciens du Louvre and  conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Andrew Davis and Mark Minkowski.  Highlights include the world premiere of Paweł Łukaszewski’s Requiem at the 2014 Presteigne Festival, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Darmstadt, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Durham Cathedral, and Handel’s Messiah in China, at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing – believed to be its English premiere – and Orff’s Carmina Burana at Beijing University.  Christopher has appeared in many festivals and in radio broadcasts in France, Belgium, Holland and at home.  For BBC Radio 3, these have included two appearances in the BBC Proms in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, with Joshua Rifkin and with Trevor Pinnock; Schumann’s Manfred and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, both at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC SO and the world premiere of Britten’s The Rescue of Penelope for the Aldeburgh Festival.

Recitals for 2014 have included appearances at festivals in Barnes and in Dorchester Abbey for the English Music Festival,  featuring his programme A Soldier's Tale, portraying the imaginery journey of a twenty year old man who is called to war, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII. At Presteigne Festival the highlights of his programme were his  debut performance of Finzi's To a Poet and a commission of three songs by Toby Young, setting three Dylan Thomas texts entitled, Lie Still.

His operatic roles include Sarastro, Mozart The Magic Flute  (London Festival Opera, in Budapest); Traveller, Britten Curlew River (Nova Music Opera); Kawabata, Philip Glass Hotel of Dreams (UK premiere for Volta Theatre); Arthur, Maxwell Davies The Lighthouse; Friar Laurence, Gounod Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Raimondo, Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (Winslow Hall Opera); Moroz, Rimsky-Korsakov The Snow Maiden (University College Opera); Sam, Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti (Gent, Belgium); Mozart Figaro and Count Almaviva (covered for Sir John Eliot Gardiner), Don Alfonso Cosi fan Tutte (Britten-PearsSchool).

When not singing, he enjoys photography, fine wine, the cinema and cycling at the gym, though not necessarily in that order.

 

 

 

“Thank you for singing the baritone soli so sensitively for us in the Brahms on Saturday.   Your  two numbers are critical to the impact of this work, and as it turned out, the musicality of your performance carried us all forward through the evening.   I was most gratified and I hope you were too.”
Denis McCaldin
Brahms Requiem

Lake District Summer Music Festival 2011

“Thanks for your fantastic performance last night.  I really enjoyed working with you and the feedback from the choir and audience has been terrific.”
Michael Summers
Mendelssohn Elijah
Durham Choral Society 2013

Britten Curlew River: Nova Music Opera 2013
“Christopher Foster’s dark-hued Traveller” 
Opera Review: Peter Reynolds