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 under Patrick Russill and was awarded the Sir Thomas Armstrong prize for choral leadership, the LRAM diploma and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. He has also participated in masterclasses with Paul Brough, Simon Halsey, David Hill, Neil Ferris, Mats Nilsson and Roland Börger. Alongside his commitments at the Academy, Harry was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan as well as holding the Alec Robertson Scholarship at Westminster Cathedral.
Harry is the Co-founder and Conductor of the young professional vocal ensemble ‘Recordare’ with recent projects including Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’, 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, 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 is due to compete in the ‘Northern Choir Conducting Competition’ in Denmark in June 2021.
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, the North Herts Guild of Singers and Stanmore Choral Society.
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.