Chris Watson   tenor and conductor

Chris makes his Lacock debut in Singing in Venice in May 2015, when the repertoire will be early Tudor sacred music centred on the Mass Euge Bone by Christopher Tye, and ‘Three Songs of Remembrance’, a new commission from the composer David Bednall.

Christopher Watson sings tenor with some of the world’s leading early music ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars, with whom he has made more than four hundred appearances, Alamire, Gallicantus and Collegium Vocale of Ghent. He also performs regularly with Tenebrae and Theatre of Voices. As a consort musician his experience is second to none and he has covered an extensive range of repertoire from early Medieval music to contemporary works, including Stockhausen, Berio and Pärt, and several world premieres. As a soloist he has worked with directors such as Trevor Pinnock, Paul Hillier and Philippe Herreweghe, with repertoire including Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Bach and Stravinsky. He has made over one hundred recordings, many of which have been internationally acclaimed, winning prizes including several Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Awards and a Grammy. Alongside a busy schedule as a singer, Chris has a burgeoning career as a conductor, running the Oxford-based chamber choir Sospiri with the composer John Duggan. With Sospiri he has made five CDs and has directed them in concert in France, Italy and the UK. He also directed a CD of the music of Martin Bruce, has worked as a chorus master with the renowned Danish vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen and is musical director of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.