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Biography

Harry Bradford is a prize-winning conductor and choral director working in the UK and Europe. Since winning Second Prize in the prestigious Eric Ericson Award 2021, he has collaborated with a number of the world’s finest vocal ensembles including the MDR Rundfunkchor, the Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, the Sixteen and the Swedish Radio Choir.

Harry is the conductor and co-founder of the professional vocal ensemble, Recordare, with whom he has performed extensively across festivals in the UK, and holds permanent positions as the Musical Director of the Thames Philharmonic Choir, the English Baroque Choir and North Herts Guild of Singers.

Recent career highlights include Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and JS Bach B Minor Mass at Cadogan Hall, Handel Israel in Egypt at St John’s Smith Square and CPE Bach Magnificat at the St Endellion Easter Festival. 

Equally in demand as workshop leader, Harry has led choral workshops for the Sixteen as part of their Choral Pilgrimage tour, the Cherubim Music Trust and Labrador Events. Harry was also a course director for the Choir of the Earth, an online choir with a global membership, leading them in their Requiems at Home and Festival of Music courses. He combines his love of music and education as a Teacher/Singer for the Pimlico Musical Foundation. 

Harry read music at Downing College Cambridge and was a member of the choir of King’s College under the late Sir Stephen Cleobury. He studied Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Patrick Russill and graduated with distinction, a DipRAM and the Academy Alumni Award for ‘a singularly distinguished studentship’. During his time at the Academy, Harry was also the Genesis Sixteen conducting scholar 2018-19, studying under Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, and the Alec Robertson scholar at Westminster Cathedral.

In 2024, Harry was awarded an Associateship of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for continuing service to the music profession. 

He remains active as a singer and recently performed as part of the Choir of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal at the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Diary

Stay at Home Choir - Sing Plus Session

14/4/24

Harry leads the Stay at Home Choir in an online Sing Plus Session on Handel's Where'er You Walk

11:00, Online

https://projects.stayathomechoir.com/courses/SingPlus

Labrador Events - Acapella 4

20/4/24

Harry leads the fourth in the series of Come and Sing Acapella events with Labrador Events

St Cyprian's Church, 10:00

https://www.labradorevents.com/a-cappella-with-harry-bradford

Labrador Events - 24 Hour Handel Messiah

25/4/24

Harry joins the Labrador Events team for a 24 Hour Handel Messiah-athon.

St George's, Hannover Square 23:00

https://www.labradorevents.com/24-hour-messiah-april-2024

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Elijah (Come and Sing)

18/5/24

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir and friends in an abridged Come and Sing day on Mendelssohn's Elijah.

Soloists - TPC Scholars

Accompanist - James Orford

All Saints East Sheen, 10:00

https://www.thamesphilharmonicchoir.co.uk/event-details/come-and-sing-mendelssohns-elijah

Thames Philharmonic Choir - A New Song

15/6/24

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in a programme of contemporary choral music from some of the UK's leading compositional voices. 

Soloists - TPC Scholars

Organist - James Orford

St Paul's Knightsbridge, 19:30

https://www.thamesphilharmonicchoir.co.uk/event-details/summer-concert

Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf

21/6/24

Harry conducts the Orion Orchestra and Noisy Notes in two performances of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf as part of Marylebone Music Festival

English Baroque Choir - Songs of Serenity and Solace

29/6/24

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir in music for choir and oboe/cor anglais alongisde oboist Helen Raggatt.

Oboe - Helen Raggatt

Accompanist - Richard Leach

St Gabriel's, Pimlico, 19:30

North Herts Guild of Singers - Rossini, Petite Messe Solenelle

13/7/24

Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. 

Soprano - Grace Hope-Gill

Mezzo Soprano - Louise Wood

Tenor - Matthew Cooke

Bass - James Bartlett

Piano - Colin Spinks

Harmonium - George Inscoe

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Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony - MDR Symphony Orchestra; MDR Radio Choir/ Dennis Russell Davies

Terry Blain for Classical Music 

'The Leipzig choir is excellent, and its articulate response to Whitman's poetry betokens careful preparation under the young English chorus master, Harry Bradford' 


24/1/23

https://www.classical-music.com/reviews/orchestral/vaughan-williams-a-sea-symphony-serenade-to-music/

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