Christopher graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2011 where he was a choral scholar with Trinity College, Choir under Stephen Layton. Since leaving he has been Assistant Conductor for Glyndebourne and Glyndebourne on Tour on productions of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Orlando Gough’s Imago, and at English Touring Opera on Britten’s Albert Herring, Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse and Ullman’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. For English Touring Opera he also conducted the world premiere performances of Helen Chadwick’s Towards an Unknown Port around the country, including performances at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. For Brighton Festival, he has conducted Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side ‘Birtwistle’s score is pungently brought to life here under Christopher Stark’s assured direction’ (Richard Morrison, The Times)
Whilst at Cambridge, Christopher conducted Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Walton’s The Bear, Britten’s Albert Herring with on a tour ending at Opera Holland Park (Deftly conducted by Christopher Stark, this was a virtuoso team, Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and new operas by Joel Rust and Kate Whitley. Since leaving Cambridge, Christopher has conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Aldeburgh with Matthew Rose and the staged premiere of Gerald Barry’s La Plus Forte with Allison Bell. He also conducted Brahms: Symphony No. 1 and Rziewski’s Coming Together with MULTI-STORY and Philip Glass Knee Playswith the New London Chamber Choir as part of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
Christopher runs MULTI-STORY with composer Kate Whitley: described as “the most exciting development in classical music in decades if not centuries” (The Times), the project has included his conducting of The Rite of Spring and John Adams’ Harmonielehre in Peckham Rye Car Park, and has been broadcast on BBC4 and SkyArts. (Heroically conducted by Christopher Stark, who despite the melting heat, kept the motoric rhythms precise and urgent, Andreessen’s De Staat, Fiona Maddocks, The Observer)
Christopher studied with Peter Stark and with both Jorma Panula and Atso Almila in Finland. He also attended the Orkney Conducting Course with Martyn Brabbins, and has taken part in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder and Sian Edwards.