Music Director Christopher Borrett
Christopher Borrett has enjoyed a varied musical career, performing with some of the UK’s leading ensembles in prestigious venues throughout the world. He is also Director of Music at The Civic Church of St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, an Associate Conductor for the Pimlott Foundation, a singing teacher, a published composer and a freelance bass-baritone.
He began his musical education at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, followed by a year as a choral scholar at Tewkesbury Abbey before becoming a choral scholar at New College, Oxford where he read a degree in music and was an academic scholar. During this time he was conductor of the Oxford New Orchestra and Musical Director of New Chamber Opera, conducting works such as Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher.
After university Christopher was appointed a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace as well as gaining a place on the prestigious Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme. After a year of touring with the choir and coaching from Sir John Eliot Gardiner, he continued to sing as a full member of the ensemble participating in an eclectic range of repertoire. Projects have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in the Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlioz’s adaptation of Le Freischutz in the Opera Comique in Paris, Bizet’s Carmen in Luxembourg, Mozart’s Mass in C minor at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm as well as iconic recordings such as Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and J.S. Bach’s B minor Mass.
Besides the Monteverdi Choir, he has performed for other choral ensembles including the Dunedin Consort, Stile Antico, Contrapunctus, Il Nouva Musica and The Marian Consort.
As a soloist Christopher has performed with many of the aforementioned ensembles and has also sung with Merton College Oxford, Schola Cantorum of Tewkesbury Abbey, Concerto Grosso Berlin, The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. His association with The Pimlott Foundation began in 2010. He has led singing and composition workshops in schools in Suffolk and has conducted performances of Handel’s Messiah, Purcell’s Hail, Bright Cecilia, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and J.S. Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium