Chris Houlding – Conductor Chris Houlding – Dirigent

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Since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Chris has played the trombone professionally with most of the UK’s leading ensembles and under many or the world’s greatest conductors. Having coached and directed ensembles throughout his career he now conducts in a wide range of styles including Opera, Symphonic, Contemporary and Chamber and was awarded an MMus in Conducting from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he studied under Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Mark Shanahan, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Bronnimann and Clark Rundell.

Conducting engagements have included projects with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal, Duisburg Philharmoniker, Orchestra of Opera North, Düsseldorf University Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, Helix Ensemble, Huddersfield Philharmonic and the Sinfonia of Leeds. He has also directed performances of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale (staged) at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Folkwang University Essen, Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi (RNCM) and Puccini’s Turandot and Verdi's Aida (Huddersfield Town Hall). As former Music Director of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra he has conducted a wide range of symphonic repertoire and also directed premieres by Mark Anthony Turnage, Debbie Wiseman, Gary Carpenter, Eric Crees, Gavin Higgins, Ilja Reijngoud, Alec Roth, together with compositions of his own.

Further conducting projects have taken him to the Norwegian Music Academy, the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark and Trinity College of Music, London and a regular coach with European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Chris is currently Director of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Brass Band and has also directed the Duisburg Philharmoniker Brass Ensemble, Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal Brass Ensemble, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, RNCM Brass Band and DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band with whom he has recorded for Radio and CD and won the British First Section National Brass Band Championship.

Recently appointed Head of Brass at Birmingham Conservatoire, Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Professor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Chris has also served as Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music and directs college ensembles throughout the UK and Europe. As an established soloist and teacher, Chris has given Recitals and Masterclasses at Juilliard , Eastman School, Boston University, Texas, California, Nevada and Utah in the USA, St. Petersburg, Oslo, Porto, Dublin, Aarhus, Riga, Budapest and all major music conservatories throughout the UK. Adjudicating engagements have included the Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen, First International Wind Competition Moscow, Turkish Young Musician of the Year, Royal Overseas League Music Competition London and the British and Norwegian National Brass Band Championships.

Still active as a professional trombonist, he has appeared as Guest Principal with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Musikfabrik, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra together with most other UK Symphony Orchestras and is a regular member of Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London. In 2003 he represented the UK in the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev in Russia and has also appeared as soloist with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Durham Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Opera North in Elgar Howarth’s Trombone Concerto under the composer on the occasion of his 70th birthday. As Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive Board and a former President of the British Trombone Society, Chris is dedicated to encouraging musical progress throughout the world.
Nach seinem Abschluss an der der Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London hat Chris als professioneller Posaunist bei den meisten wichtigen Ensembles Großbritannien und unter vielen der weltbesten Dirigenten gespielt. Nachdem er während seiner Karriere Ensembles betreut und geleitet hat, dirigiert er nun eine große stilistische Bandbreite an Musik u. a. Opern- und Symphonische Musik sowie zeitgenössische und Kammermusik. Der Master of Music im Dirigieren wurde ihm vom Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, verliehen, wo er bei Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Mark Shanahan, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Bronnimann und Clark Rundell studierte.

Engagements als Dirigent hatte er u. a. bei den Bochumer Symphonikern, beim Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal, den Duisburger Philharmonikern, Orchestra of Opera North, beim Symphonieorchester des Düsseldorf Universität, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, Helix Ensemble, Huddersfield Philharmonic und der Sinfonia of Leeds. Er hat außerdem Aufführungen von Stravinskis Geschichte vom Soldaten (Bühnenproduktion) in der Bridgewater Hall in Manchester geleitet sowie Monteverdis Il Combattimento di Tancredi (RNCM) und Puccinis Turandot and Verdis Aida (Huddersfield Town Hall). Als ehemaliger Musikdirektor des Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra hat er ein weitgefächertes symphonisches Repertoire dirigiert und Premieren/Uraufführungen von Mark Anthony Turnage (London), Debbie Wiseman (London), Gary Carpenter (New York), Eric Crees (Las Vegas), Gavin Higgins (Huddersfield), Ilja Reijngoud (Birmingham), Alec Roth (Manchester) und Alan Taylor (London) geleitet.

Weitere Projekte als Dirigent haben ihn zur Norwegian Music Academy, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark und Trinity College of Music, London geführt, außerdem war er als Coach tätig beim Jugendorchester der Europäischen Union, beim Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester und beim National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, wo er ständiger Professor für Posaune ist. Chris ist gegenwärtig Leiter der Brass Band der Guildhall School of Music & Drama und hat außerdem geleitet das Brass Ensemble des Duisburger Philharominker, Sinfonieorchesters Wuppertal, Hammerblech, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Brighouse & Rastrick Band, die Brass Band des RNCM (2007-09 Festival of Brass) und DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band, mit der er Radio- und CD-Aufnahmen gemacht hat und den British First Section National Brass Band Championship gewann.

Als Professor für Posaune und Blechbläserensemble an der der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, der Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London und Blechbläser Leiter Birmingham Conservatoire und früher als Internationale Gasttutor Royal /northern College of Music Manchester, leitet er regelmäßig Hochschulensembles überall in Großbritannien und Europa. Als erfahrener Lehrer hat er Recitals und Meisterkurse an Juilliard, Eastman, Boston und Konservatorien in St. Petersburg, Moskau, Oslo, Porto, Riga, Budapest und London gegeben. Zudem hat er als internationaler Richter am Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen, First International Wind Competition Moscow, Turkish Young Musician of the Year und the Royal Overseas League Music Competition teilgenommen.