Musical Director

Christopher Barr (BMus.Ed Hons) studied at the University of Aberdeen, studying voice with Gillian Jack. He is currently an alumni member of The National Youth Choir of Scotland and has sung with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus on numerous occasions.

Christopher’s conducting studies began in 2003 where he was invited to attend and observe BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Rehearsals. In 2005 he was invited, as a guest, to participate in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), formally the RSAMD junior “Youthworks” conducting master classes with Dr Alistair Mitchell. In 2008 and 2009 Christopher studied under the guidance of Mark Heron, Russell Cowieson and Tim Reynish at the RNCM conductor training weekend.

photography by John Downing

photography by John Downing

In August 2010 Christopher received the 2010/11 ABCD (Association of British Choral Directors) apprenticeship which enabled him to study conducting with Alan Tavener and Gerard Doherty. During this apprenticeship Christopher worked with the University of Strathclyde Chamber Choir, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. As part of the apprenticeship Christopher was invited to participate in a BBC Singers conducting master class with Paul Brough. In 2012 Christopher received the National Youth Choir of Scotland Student Conductor Bursary which allowed him to become the assistant conductor of the National Boys Choir of Scotland working under the guidance of Christopher Bell.

Recent conducting achievements include conducting the world premiere of Ken Johnston’s “Flodden 1513” with Stirling Schools Choirs and NYCoS Stirling Area Choir as part of the Cappella Nova Stirling 500 festival at the Church of the Holy Rude, Chorus master for Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Nicola Benedetti Secret Flashmob project, directing choral workshops for Glasgow Spring Sing and the amaSing Festival, conducting a choir of 600 primary and secondary school pupils for the Rutherglen Olympic Torch parade as part of “Keep Her Lit”, off stage conducting for Scottish Opera’s production of Gareth Williams “Elephant Angel”. In October 2014 he was assistant to Edward Rhys Harry at the London Welsh Male Voice Choir Festival of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Together with the post of Musical Director of Strathaven Choral Society, holds the same post at Bridge of Weir Choral Society and at Legato Voices. Previous posts include Musical Director of East Kilbride G&S Society, amaSing Festival Community Choir, Stirling Primary Schools Choir, East Renfrewshire Senior and Intermediate Youth Choirs, South Lanarkshire Olympic Torch Choir and Robert Gordon University Singers.

Christopher has participated in choral conducting master classes with Christopher Bell, Alan Tavener, Derek Clark, David Hill, Stephen Layton, Paul Brough, Roger Williams MBE and Ralph Alwood.