Founder and Conductor: The Sixteen
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
Artistic Director: Handel and Haydn Society
Founder and conductor of The Sixteen, as well as a regular guest conductor for symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide, Harry Christophers is Artistic Director of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society and also Principal Guest Conductor of both the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. He has directed The Sixteen and its orchestra worldwide, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and twentieth century music. He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising some 100 titles) for which he has won numerous awards: his CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy. In 2000 he instituted the ‘Choral Pilgrimage’, a national tour of English cathedrals in music from the pre-Reformation – and now recognised as central to the country’s annual artistic programme. Harry Christophers was awarded a CBE for services to music in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List.
“Conducting with broad, sweeping gestures, [Christophers] led a vital performance that bristled with energy and defied any sense of routine.” (The Boston Globe, December 2009)
“Harry Christophers, director of the chamber choir The Sixteen, wants to do more than just ravish our ears. He wants to set us feeling and thinking, and every detail of this wonderful concert was carefully planned for maximum expressive effect... the shock of all that glorious vocal euphony just takes your breath away.” (The Daily Telegraph, March 2008)
“The Sixteen's performance came - as it always does - as a fresh shock to the system, one of those magical moments... their singing is warm, expressive and human, with Christophers' supreme direction - a joy to observe - shaping, moulding and gently sculpting a seamlessly fluid sound that you could not buy ...one of the great choral concerts of our time.” (The Herald, May 2007)