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Biography

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Harry Bradford is a prize-winning conductor and choral director based in London. He recently graduated, with distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for an MMus Degree in Choral Conducting under Patrick Russill. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Academy Alumni Scholarship for a 'singularly distinguished studentship', the Sir Thomas Armstrong and Paton Prizes, the LRAM teaching diploma and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. Harry has participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough, Simon Halsey, David Hill, Neil Ferris, Mats Nilsson and Roland Börger and was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar (2018-19) receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan of 'The Sixteen'. His conducting journey began with the national choral charity Sing for Pleasure under the tutelage of Manvinder Rattan and Sarah Tenant-Flowers.


Harry is the Co-founder and Conductor of the young professional vocal ensemble ‘Recordare’ with recent projects including Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and 'Hymn to St Cecilia', Frank Martin’s ‘Mass for Double Choir’, Herbert Howells’ ‘Requiem’ (part broadcast on Classic FM social media channels) and a spotlight performance as part of The Sixteen’s ‘Sounds Sublime Festival’. Other recent career highlights have included working as Chorus Master at the St Endellion Easter Festival for the world premiere of Oliver Tarney's ‘St Mark Passion’, assisting Harry Christophers for the London premiere of Sir James MacMillan's 5th Symphony ‘Le Grand Iconnu’ at the Barbican and working as a Course Director for the Self-Isolation Choir (Choir of the Earth), a 10,000 strong global community formed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In 2018, at the age of 22, Harry was the 3rd prize winner at the ‘DIMA international competition’ and was the youngest finalist at the ‘International Competition for Young Conductors’ in Paris, 2019. He was recently the runner-up in the prestigious Eric Ericson award in Stockholm, Sweden where he conducted the Swedish Radio Choir in rehearsal and performance. He has since appeared as Chorus Master with the MDR Rundfunkchor at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and will return to conduct the Swedish Radio Choir in September 2023.


Harry has conducted at a number of major venues such as St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall and King’s College, Cambridge and has worked with choirs such as Le Choeur de L’Orchestre de Paris, the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Choir, Corul Juiblate Cluj, Les Chants du CMBV as well as workshopping with the BBC Singers. He currently holds permanent positions with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, English Baroque Choir and the North Herts Guild of Singers. Harry is also the conductor of the Willington School Chamber Choir and a Teacher/Singer for the Pimlico Musical Foundation.


Previously, Harry read music at the Downing College, Cambridge and was a member of the choir of King’s College under the direction of the late Sir Stephen Cleobury. During his time in the choir,  Harry featured as a soloist on live BBC Radio and television broadcasts and was also Musical Director and arranger for the scholars’ close harmony group, ‘The King’s Men’. Harry remains active as a singer and has worked with Tenebrae, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus, London Choral Sinfonia, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices as well as being a regular deputy in a number of London’s professional church choirs. Harry is a UK and EU passport holder.

 
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Diary

North Herts Guild of Singers - Mozart Requiem

5/11/2022

Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers and Players in Mozart's Requiem and Solemn Vespers. 

Soprano - Danni O'Neill 

Mezzo Soprano - Mercè Bruguera Abelló

Tenor - Matthew Mckinney

Bass - Alex Bower-Brown 

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

St Mary's Church Hitchin, 19:30

English Baroque Choir - A Vision of Heaven

12/11/2022

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir in a concert of English acappella choral music including Herbert Howells' Requiem. 

St Cyprian's Clarence Gate, 19:30 

English Baroque Choir - Christmas

3/12/2022

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir in a seasonal concert of carols for choir and audience. 

St Mary at Hill, 19:30

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Poulenc Gloria

10/12/2022

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in music by Poulenc, Matthias and Holst. 

Soprano - Claire Ward 

Organ/Piano - Richard Gowers

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

All Saints, Kingston, 19:30 

North Herts Guild of Singers - Ceremony of Carols

17/12/2022

Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers in Britten's Ceremony of Carols alongside other festive music for choir and audience. 

Soprano - TBC

Soprano - TBC

Harp - TBC 

Organ - Colin Spinks 

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

Walsworth Road Baptist Church, 19:30

English Baroque Choir - Israel in Egypt (Singing Day)

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir and guests in a workshop on Handel's oratorio 'Israel in Egypt'. 

4/2/2023

English Baroque Choir - Israel in Egypt

18/3/2023

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir and Endelienta Baroque in a performance of Handel's oratorio 'Israel in Egypt'. 

Endelienta Baroque 

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

St John's, Smith Square, 19:30 

Thames Philharmonic Choir - B Minor Mass

25/3/2023

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir and Endelienta Baroque in a performance of Bach's B Minor Mass. 

Endelienta Baroque 

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

Cadogan Hall, 19:30 

North Herts Guild of Singers - Samson

1/4/2023

Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers and Musica Domum Dei in an abridged version of Handel's oratorio 'Samson'. 

Musica Domum Dei 

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

St Mary's, Hitchin, 19:30

Recordare - Weston Music Society

22/4/2023

Harry leads the 8 voices of Recordare in an acappella programme as part of the Weston Music Society Concert Series. 

St Nicholas Church, Stevenage, 19:30

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Konstanz Tour

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in a tour to Konstanz to join forces with partner choir, Sinfonischer Chor, Konstanz.

18/5/2023

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Great Cathedral Anthems

17/6/2023

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in a programme of 'Great Cathedral Anthems' including Vierne's 'Messe Solenelle', Howells' 'Collegium Regale Te Deum' and a new commission by local upcoming composer, Emily Hazrati. 

Organ - James Orford


Conductor - Harry Bradford

All Saints, Kingston, 19:30 

English Baroque Choir - Scandinavian Delights

Harry leads the English Baroque Choir in a programme of Scandinavian choral music.

1/7/2023

Recordare - Martin Randall Travel - Celebrating William Byrd

Harry leads Recordare in a programme of music commemorating 400 years since the death of William Byrd.

4/7/2023

 
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