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 awarded the 2nd Prize in the prestigious Eric Ericson award in Stockholm, Sweden where he conducted the Swedish Radio Choir in rehearsal and performance. He has since been invited to appear as Chorus Master with the MDR Rundfunkchor, Leipzig 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.
MDR Rundfunkchor - Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Chorus Master)
Harry joins the MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig as chorus master for a performance of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony under Dennis Russell Davies
Thames Philharmonic Choir - Mozart Requiem (Come and Sing)
Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in a Come and Sing Performance of Mozart's famous Requiem.
North Herts Guild of Singers - Workshop
Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers and friends in a workshop on Mozart's Coronation Mass and other Coronation anthems.
Thames Philharmonic Choir - Rutter and Jongen
Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in music for choir and brass ensemble including John Rutter's famous setting of the 'Gloria'.
Martin Randall Travel - London Choral Day
Harry leads Recordare in a concert as part of Martin Randall Travel's, 'London Choral Day'.
Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road, 17:00
English Baroque Choir - By Royal Appointment
Harry leads the English Baroque Choir in a programme of music associated with royalty and the jubilee.
St Mary at Hill, 19:30
North Herts Guild of Singers - G+S extravaganza
Harry leads the North Herts Guild of Singers in a celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan and opera choruses.
St Mary's Ashwell, 19:30
Thames Philharmonic Choir - Norwich Cathedral Residency
Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in their annual residency at Norwich Cathedral.