Christopher Ebbern, DipABRSM, ATCL (Distinction), MISM
Pianist, Organist, Baritone
Chris is currently Director of East Midlands Singing for Fun – 400 voices over the region, conductor of East Leake community choir and at West Park
School, Spondon, Chris teaches piano, singing and music theory; he also has a very busy private teaching practice.
For five years (2012-17) he was Director of Music at St. Mary's Church, East Leake, where duties included playing the organ for Sunday services, Weddings, Funerals and conducting the Church and community choir. He also successfully taught piano at Orchard Primary school, Castle Donington (2012-17.)
He has a wealth of performance experience; featuring as a soloist, accompanist and singing in choirs in such venues as The Royal Albert Hall, London, The BBC recording studios, London, Nottingham University, Djanology Arts Centre, Nottingham Albert Hall, Southwell Minster, Derby Cathedral, St James the Greater Leicester, The VoiceBox (Derby), Keele University Chapel, Thrumpton Hall, Beaumanor Hall, Prestwold Hall and many other venues.
An accomplished accompanist, Chris has accompanied a number of choirs in the Midlands including: Come and Sing Messiah under the direction of Angela Kay MBE (November 2016), Charnwood Choral Society’s (Christmas concert 2013), a combined choir of Southwell Choral Society and Newstead Abbey singers, (Stainer’s Crucifixion: 2014) (featuring Stainer’s Great Grandson himself), a combined choir of Ruddington Choral Society and Burton Joyce Choral Society (Faure's Reqiuem: 2015) and at present is the accompanist for the Nottingham Hospitals’ Choir. Chris has accompanied on an annual basis a collaborative performance organised by Leicester-shire Music Education Hub in Castle Donington led by Gillian Ramshaw, which consists of approximately 200 Primary school Children. In addition to this, Chris has accompanied lots of other events for Leicester-shire Music Education Hub and also students taking graded music exams and Nottingham University’s end of year Music Recitals.
In 2012 he was invited to accompany during a masterclass at the Voice Box in Derby, led by Christopher Underwood, Professor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was praised for his playing. In March 2013 Chris attended a Jazz singing workshop led by Nia Lynn who is a Voice teacher at the Royal Academy of Music; London. He has been on many conducting, singing and choral courses with leading figures in those fields, including: John Rutter, Julian Wilkins, Paul Spicer, Gaynor Keeble, Neil Ferris, Ian Chesworth, David Lawrence, Amy Bebbington and Bob Chilcott and in 2012 attended the Association of British Choral Directors Course.
As an Organist Chris has played all over Britain and has been very privileged to play some of the finest instruments in the country. He has played the organ in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, which is the largest in the U.K; he has also played Coventry, Derby, Lichfield, Truro, Southwark, Leicester and Southwell Minster Cathedral Organs and the Organ in Nottingham Albert Hall.
In (2016) he sang with the Consort summer school course led by Singing for Pleasure under the direction of Swiss conductor Fabien Volery. He has also sung in the choir for the BBC Songs of Praise television programme, sung under the direction of Bob Chilcott with the BBC singers recording BBC Radio 3's come and sing Christmas event and had his own composition published by De Montfort University for their TB awareness video.
Chris is in much demand for Choirs, Singers, Instrumentalists, Theatre groups, Weddings and Funerals all over the Country. He is able to provide a portable Piano (and Speaker if needed) and can transpose music if required.