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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’, 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 prestigious 'Eric Ericson Award' in Sweden in October 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. 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

2021-22 Season

Recordare - Islington Proms

12/9/2021    19:30

Harry directs Recordare in a 6-voice programme 'Music Divine' celebrating music from the British Isles.

St James' Church, Islington, 19:30

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-proms-music-divine-with-recordare-tickets-166435391737

Genesis Sixteen Alumni - Evensong

Harry conducts a group of Genesis Sixteen Alumni in a service of Choral Evensong at St Matthew's Westminster.

6/10/2021          18:30

Eric Ericson Award Semi-Finals

21/10/2021 - 24/10/2021

Harry competes in the Semi-Finals of the Eric Ericson Award in Stockholm, Sweden.

https://www.berwaldhallen.se/en/eric-ericson-award-2/

Mogens Dahl Kammerkor - All Saints

31/10/2021  20:00

Harry joins Mogens Dahl Kammerkor for a programme of Palestrina and Bach. 

Holmens Church, Copenhagen, 20:00

Choir of the Earth - Festival Day

3/11/2021

Harry leads the Choir of the Earth online for a festival day of music. 

Tallis - Spem in Alium

Grieg - Ave Maris Stella

Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle

North Herts Guild of Singers - Durufle and Vierne

13/11/2021      19:30

Harry conducts the North Herts Guild of Singers in their Autumn Term Concert.

Faure - Cantique de Jean Racine

Vierne - Messe Solenelle

Durufle - Requiem 

Organ - Colin Spinks

Conductor - Harry Bradford

St Mary's Church, Hitchin, 19:30

Recordare - The Angels Dancing

19/11/2021         19:30

Harry conducts Recordare in a full-choir programme 'The Angels Dancing' featuring Britten's 'Hymn to St Cecilia' as well as renaissance and contemporary works on the theme of celebration. 

St John the Divine, Kennington, 19:30

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams

27/11/2021    19:30

Harry conducts the Thames Philharmonic Choir in their Autumn Term Concert.

Mendelssohn - Hear My Prayer

Mendelssohn - Lauda Sion

Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs

Thames Philharmonic Choral Scholars

Organ - James Orford

Conductor - Harry Bradford

All Saints Church, Kingston, 19:30

North Herts Guild of Singers - Christmas

11/12/2021      19:30

Harry conducts the North Herts Guild of Singers in their Christmas Concert.

Chilcott - Wenceslas

Carols for Choir and Audience

Organ - Colin Spinks

Conductor - Harry Bradford 

St Mary's Church, Hitchin, 19:30

Stanmore Choral Society - Christmas

12/12/2021       19:30

Harry conducts Stanmore Choral Society in their Christmas Concert.

Handel - Messiah (highlights)

Carols for Choir and Audience

Organ - James Mooney-Dutton

Conductor - Harry Bradford

St Mary's Church, Kenton, 15:30

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Southwark Cathedral

Harry leads the Thames Philharmonic Choir in two services at Southwark Cathedral.

13/2/2022

Thames Philharmonic Choir - Monteverdi Vespers

26/3/2022

Harry makes his Cadogan Hall debut conducting the Thames Philharmonic Choir in Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.

Details TBC

Collective 31/Recordare - St Matthew Passion Reimagined

Harry joins Recordare and Collective 31 in a new venture reimagining Bach's 'St Matthew Passion' with new electroacoustic compositions.

3/4/2022

 
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