Singer, musical director of Trinity Choir at Trinity College, Melbourne University
Christopher Watson has been Director of Music at Trinity College, Melbourne, since January 2017. Before moving to Australia he spent 20 years working as a freelance singer and conductor, based in the UK. He has given many performances of the Evangelist role in Bach’s Passions including in the Cathedral of the Madeleine Salt Lake City, Merton College Oxford, Christ Church Oxford, Canterbury Cathedral and the Philharmonie in Berlin and has worked as soloist for Paul Hillier, Paul McCreesh, Philippe Herreweghe, Trevor Pinnock and with the CBSO, Le Concert Lorrain and The Lautten Compagney.
He made his debut with The Tallis Scholars in 1998 and went on to make over 500 appearances with them. In 2007 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall with Theatre of Voices, giving the world premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion, their recording of which won a Grammy Award in 2009. He returned to Carnegie Hall with Theatre of Voices in February 2015 to perform Stockhausen’s Stimmung. He also sang regularly with Tenebrae, the Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Vocale Gent, Alamire and Gallicantus and has made over 100 recordings of repertoire by, among others, Dufay, Josquin, Tallis, Byrd, Lassus, Bach, Berio and Pärt. The latest disc by the Choir of Trinity College, featuring a Mass by Ross Edwards, was released in 2019.