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Christopher DaweOur Conductor : Christopher Dawe

Christopher Dawe started his career as a chorister at Durham Cathedral and was top music scholar at Malvern College where he studied composition with Sir Lennox Berkeley as well as violin and piano. He was a Choral Scholar under George Guest at St John's College Cambridge where he studied composition with Robin Holloway. He studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music under Anthony Gilbert where he was awarded the Alan Rawsthorne Prize and attended the inaugural Hoy Summer School run by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

In 1995 he formed the Anton Bruckner Choir, one of the most highly regarded chamber choirs in London. Repertoire includes an annual Bach performance (Mass in B Minor, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion). At the same time he formed Anton Bruckner Orchestra, a mixture of professionals, conservatoire students and experienced amateurs, and the orchestra has recently completed a Beethoven symphony cycle.

From September 1999 to August 2000 he acted as Assistant Conductor of the internationally acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, a one year appointment. Responsibilities included taking sectional rehearsals, conducting general rehearsals, and assisting Mo Fischer on tour and in recordings. The post included studying conducting and operatic coaching at the Vienna Conservatoire. Works conducted include Beethoven Symphony no 2, Prokofieff Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky The Tempest , Bruckner Symphony No. "0" and 3, Brahms Violin Concerto, Franck Symphony in D Minor, Wagner Die Walkure Act 3, Schoenberg Chamber Symphony, and Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.

On returning to Britain he assisted Mark Elder at the Halle Orchestra, including the highly acclaimed Verdi Centenary Gala in February 2001. He also conducted the Meltdown Ensemble in a televised appearance for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Festival Hall. In 2001 he was appointed conductor of the 150 strong Bournemouth based Grange Choral Society where recent performances include Poulenc Gloria, Bruckner Te Deum, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Elgar The Kingdom, Dvorak Stabat Mater. He has also worked at Goldsmiths College and Roehampton University.

In September 2002 he was appointed conductor of Morley Chamber Orchestra (Morley College) - one of London's oldest and finest amateur orchestras. He has considerably expanded and rebuilt the orchestra and conducted concerts including Brahms Symphonies 1 and 2, Tchaikovsky Symphonies 5 and 6, and Elgar Enigma Variations, as well as regular repertoire sessions on a wide variety of music. In April 2003 he was appointed Music Director of Dorking Camerata - a high quality Chamber Choir of 20 singers.

Chris with his wife, Lulu
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