Christopher Ebbern, DipABRSM, ATCL (Distinction), ATCL, MISM
Pianist, Organist, Baritone
Currently Chris is a Deputy Bass Lay Clerk at Derby Cathedral, founding Musical Director of Ebbern Ensemble, Musical Director of East Leake
Community Choir, Long Eaton and Sawley Singing for Fun and Let's Sing and Accompanist for Nottingham Hospitals' Choir. At West Park School, Spondon, Chris teaches piano, singing and music theory to
secondary school students; he also has a very busy private teaching practice. Chris is an Accredited Music Teacher for Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership and sings with De Montfort University
Chamber Choir - frequently touring many of the Cathedrals in the UK.
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 has taught piano and singing at both Orchard Primary school, Castle Donington, and Draycott Primary school.
He has a wealth of performance experience; taking him to such venues as The Royal Albert Hall (London) The BBC recording studios (London) Djanology recital hall (Nottingham University) Nottingham Albert Hall, Salisbury Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Derby Cathedral, Leicester Cathedral, St James the Greater Leicester, The VoiceBox (Derby), Keele University Chapel, Thrumpton Hall, Beaumanor Hall, Prestwold Hall and many other venues. Experienced at performing at all occasions from Weddings and Funerals, to Recitals, Concerts, Birthday parties and University Graduation ceremonies.
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 (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), Lyrical Songbirds (2017), Caroline Sharpe Singer's (2017) and Leicester Youth Chorus (2018.) During his teaching days at Orchard Primary School, Chris accompanied on an annual basis a collaborative performance organised by Leicester-shire Music Education Hub, which consisted of approximately 200 Primary school Children from several Schools in the area. 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 and De Montfort University's end of year music recitals. In February 2020 Chris accompanied Bob Chilcott's workshop with the Nottingham Hospitals' Choir in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
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, which was awarded prizes.
Chris is in much demand and frequently travels the Country with work. He is able to provide a portable Piano (and Speaker if needed) and can transpose music if required.
Whether you're searching for lessons, a soloist, choir, conductor or accompanist you can be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome from Chris!