Christopher’s passion for music has led to academic and personal achievements including gaining a PhD from the University of Liverpool, to setting up the UK’s largest children’s choir. Now back in Liverpool Christopher is currently dividing his time between Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and inspiring the next generation of music students at Liverpool Hope University.
How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat?
Very stimulating, opportunities were provided for students to follow their own interest, particularly in sports and music. The ethos of the school was very much about teamwork, and working together to produce better things than we could achieve individually.
How did your experience at the School prepare you for your career?
The school’s music teaching and facilities gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in music making, something which I have continued to do to the present day. Playing the organ on a daily basis in assembly gave me invaluable performing experience at an early for which I am most grateful!
What has been your path since leaving School?
Since leaving the Blue Coat I have achieved music degrees from Huddersfield (BMus) and Liverpool (MMus) University. After Graduating with my Masters degree I spent four years living and working in New Jersey, USA (just outside New York City) before returning to the UK to work at Leeds Cathedral where I founded and ran the largest Cathedral children’s singing programme in the UK for eight years. I returned to my studies embarking on a PhD from Liverpool Hope University on the subject of Hermeneutics and Reception of the Second Vatican Council.
What do you do now?
In 2012 I returned home to Liverpool to take up the post of Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral alongside teaching on the MA in Sacred Music course at Liverpool Hope University.
What would be your advice to students at The Blue Coat School today?
Follow your chosen path with commitment and dedication. If at first you don’t succeed, try harder and look for other ways to achieve your goals.