Robert Patterson is Director of Music at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park, London, Organist at St Etheldreda's Church in Holborn, an Associated Board examiner and a freelance accompanist. Having studied music at Cambridge wih the organ scholarship to Peterhouse, he then went to be organ scholar at York Minster and completed a Masters in Baroque performance practice at the University of York. In 1999, he gained his FRCO in solo organ playing as the second highest placed candidate nationally, winning the Turpin and Durrant prizes for performance. Robert has given organ recitals in venues including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and St Paul's Cathedral, and recently gave a solo
at college studying with Stephen Jackson and Peter Stark and in masterclasses with Diego Masson, Peter Broadbent.
He is also a committed educator and is currently Head of Music at Surbiton High School Preparatory Schools and has previously worked as a Vocal Consultant and as an Outreach Worker for SingUp, Many Voices Foundation and Epping Forest District Council where his work involved training non specialist teachers to deliver singing and music lessons. He is a passionate advocate of music in the South West London area and was the founding Musical Director of Fulham Camerata and Fulham Children’s Choir as well as directing the Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society.
Christopher is regularly in demand as a chorus master, adjudicator and examiner and he has worked as a tutor at Morley College, North London Children’s Choir and the Dartington International Summer School.
Christopher began his musical training attending the William Appleby Music Centre in Doncaster. He went on to read music at Trinity College of Music, graduating with a first class honours in Vocal Performance. At Trinity, Christopher studied singing with Laureen Livingstone, Linda Hirst and Helen Yorke. He was awarded the Vocal Department Gold Medal for his work within the department in his final year and Lillian Ash French Song Prize.
Christopher has sung professionally in all the major concert venues in and around London with ensembles including London Voices, English Concert and Gabrieli Consort. He has performed as a bass soloist in much of the major choral repertoire including: Bach’s St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé and Fauré Requiems and Purcell’s King Arthur and Fairy Queen. Christopher is a passionate choral director and began conducting whilst
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recital at St Giles Cathedral Edinbrugh during the Edinbrugh Festival.
As an organ continuo player, he has performed on numerous professional recordings including J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and B Minor Mass. Alongside secondary school teaching, Robert held various organise positions at Hampton Court palace, New College, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral, and from 2005 - 2008 Robert was the principal Organist at Canterbury Cathedral where he played for the daily services, tours, recordings and broadcasts. Currently studying piano with Niel Immelman of the Royal College of Music, Robert attained his LRSM in solo piano playing with distinction in 2015 and has recently given solo piano recitals in London and Portsmouth.