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Christopher Bucknall joins the College as new Director of Music

Friday, 7 April 2017

We are delighted to welcome Christopher Bucknall this week to St Edmund Hall as our new Director of Music. Christopher, a conductor and harpsichordist, is a rising star both on the concert platform and in the opera house, with a passion for bringing music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alive.

He is no stranger to Oxford, having studied as an undergraduate at Lincoln College, before moving to the Royal Academy of Music. “It’s lovely to be back in Oxford after all these years,” said Christopher.  “I’m really excited about promoting music in the College and mentoring and encouraging the Choral and Organ scholars and Instrumental Award holders.”

Christopher hopes to bring his professional interests and passions to Teddy Hall and also promote the music within the College to Oxford and the wider world. “I’m really keen for students to get in touch,” he added. “I’m here to support anyone, with any kind of musical interests. If students want help organising an event or any advice at all, big or small, they should definitely contact me on director.music@seh.ox.ac.uk.”

Christopher made his conducting debut in 2012 with Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at the Wigmore Hall and has since gone on to conduct critically-acclaimed productions of Handel, Agrippina (Iford Arts), Haydn, Il Mondo della Luna (English Touring Opera), Monteverdi, L'Orfeo (Silent Opera), Handel, The Choice of Hercules (Bampton Classical Opera), Pergolesi, La Serva Padrona (Vestfolds International Festival, Norway) and Purcell, Dido and Aeneas (Silent Opera).

On the concert platform, Christopher has appeared conducting B’Rock (Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent), Real Filharmonie de Galicia, Norwegian Wind Ensemble and International Baroque Players in varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi through to Mozart. He also regularly collaborates with the UK’s finest vocal ensembles including performances of Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium with the BBC Singers, and highly praised preparation of the Glyndebourne and English National Opera choruses in works by Purcell and Rameau.

Christopher also frequents many of Europe's top concert halls and festivals as a harpsichordist and continuo player appearing with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Kings Consort, Brecon Baroque, Academy of Ancient Music, Early Opera Company, and The Classical Opera Company. His projects for the 2016/17 season include conducting Vivaldi, La Senna Festeggiante for B’Rock with Karina Gauvin and Sonia Prina, assisting Ivor Bolton on Handel, Rodelinda in Madrid and conducting Handel, Jeptha for Iford Arts.

Find out more on his website www.christopherbucknall.com.