Founder and Conductor

Harry Christophers is known internationally as Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen throughout Europe, America and Asia, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and 21st-century music.

He has made a significant contribution to our recording catalogue (already comprising 142 titles) for which he has won numerous awards including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for his disc Renaissance. His CD IKON was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s Messiah on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year award as well as Best Baroque Vocal for Handel’s Coronation Anthems. He featured with The Sixteen in the highly successful BBC television series Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale – the latest hour-long programme exploring Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 was aired in April 2015.

Harry Christophers is the Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society (H+H). Since his appointment in 2008, Christophers has led the chorus and period ensemble through a series of ambitious projects in the build-up to the organisation’s 2015 Bicentennial with a showcase of works premiered in the US by H+H since 1815, broad education programming, and the release of a series of recordings on the CORO label. At present he in the middle of a cycle of Haydn Symphonies, focusing on the ‘Paris’ Symphonies. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Granada Symphony Orchestra.

As well as performing on the concert stage Harry Christophers continues to lend his artistic direction to opera. In 2006 he conducted Mozart’s Mitridate for the Granada Festival and after his outstanding success at Buxton Opera in past seasons, he returned in 2012 to conduct Handel’s Jephtha. Previous opera productions include Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Purcell’s King Arthur for Lisbon Opera, Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Handel’s Ariodante and Gluck’s Orfeo for English National Opera and the UK premiere of Messager’s Fortunio for Grange Park Opera.

Harry Christophers received a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.

Founder and Conductor