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!




Due to Covid-19 all events have been postponed in line with official guidance. I am offering online lessons via various platforms - do get in contact for more details. Stay safe!


8th February: Bob Chilcott Workshop - Nottingham Hospitals' Choir - Accompanist


10th April: St John Passion, Bach - Derby Cathedral - Derby Cathedral Choir *Cancelled*



January - De Montfort University Winter Graduation Ceremonies 


March - Leicester Cathedral Lunchtime Concert


May - St Mary's, Nottingham - Elijah 


July - Worcester Cathedral - De Montfort University Chamber Choir - Daily services


Past Events - 2018: 


10th March, 19:30, Mahler - Symphony Nr 2 - Northamptom Bach Choir, New Leicester Youth Chorus. Organist: David Briggs.


Monday 21st May, 13:00, DMU Chamber Choir - Leicester Cathedral.


Saturday 26th May, 09:30-13:00, Choir workshop with Andrew Ashwin - Sawley. 


Sunday 10th June, 15:00, DMU Chorus - Choral and Orchestral Summer Concert. 


Wednesday 20th June, 19:30, EMSfF Summer Concert, featuring New Leicester Youth Chorus & Hall Orchard Primary school choir. Holy Trinity, Barrow upon Soar. Fee: £5.00 on entry. 


Saturday 23rd June, Conducting Masterclass - Dr Amy Bebbington. Dorking. 


Monday 25th June, 19:30, EMSfF Summer Concert, featuring Tenor Soloist, William Searle (Guildhall, London). Rothley Parish Church. Fee: £5.00 on entry. 


Friday 29th June, 19:30, EMSfF Summer Concert, featuring New Leicester Youth Chorus. South Luffenham Parish Church. Fee: £5.00 on entry. 


Saturday 30th June, 19:30, Nottingham Hospitals' Choir Summer Concert. St John the Baptist, Beeston. Fee: £10.00 on entry. 


Saturday 14th July, 19:30, East Leake Community Choir & West Park Music students Summer Concert with Soloists. All Saints' Church, Sawley. Fee: £7.00 on entry. 


9th & 10th August - Salisbury Cathedral - Daily services


21st October - Peterborough Cathedral - De Montfort University Chamber Choir -  Daily services


11th November - Nottingham Hospitals' Choir Remembrance service - West Bridgford 


2nd December - Royal Albert Hall, London - Messiah


9th December - Nottingham Hospitals' Choir Christmas Concert


10th December - St Peter's Church, Ruddington - Bass Soloist - Messiah - 7:30pm


11th December - Christmas Concert - East Leake Community Choir and Tenor Soloist, William Searle (Guildhall, London) - 7:30pm - East Leake Catholic Church


15th December - Christmas Concert - East Leake Community Choir, West Park Youth Choir and Tenor Soloist, William Searle (Guildhall, London) 7:30pm - All Saints' Church, Sawley