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Christopher Foster

Educated at Newcastle University and the Britten-Pears School, Christopher was a winner of the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, finalist of the Richard Tauber Competition and was selected for Sir Thomas Allen’s inaugural singing course at The Samlings in the Lake District.

He has subsequently performed throughout the UK and Europe with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Les Musiciens du Louvre and La Chapelle Royale, and with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis, Mark Minkowski and Philippe Herreweghe. Particularly notable performances have included Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s B minor Mass for Spanish Television in Madrid, the Latvian premiere of Elgar’sDream of Gerontius, and what is believed to be the first performance of Messiahto be given in English in China, in the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City, Beijing.

2005 saw his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem and Wigmore Hall debut in a concert of Bach Cantatas. Christopher has broadcast in France, Belgium, Holland and for BBC Radio 3, where his performances have included two performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms (with Joshua Rifkin and Trevor Pinnock), Schumann’s Manfred and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol (from the Royal Festival Hall) and the world première of Britten’s The Rescue of Penelope from The Maltings, Snape. Christopher has also performed some twenty operatic roles and is rapidly building a reputation as a recitalist following appearances in the Banqueting House, Whitehall.