Our Music Director, Harry Bradford, is a prize-winning conductor and choral director based in London.
He graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied for an MMus Degree and was awarded both the Sir Thomas Armstrong prize and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. Alongside his commitments at the Academy, Harry was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan, and the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral.
Previously Harry read music at the University of Cambridge and was a choral scholar in the choir of King’s College under the direction of the late Sir Stephen Cleobury. At King’s, Harry featured as a soloist on live BBC radio and television broadcasts and was also Musical Director and arranger for the scholars’ close harmony group, ‘The King’s Men’. Harry remains active as a singer and has worked with Tenebrae, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus, London Choral Sinfonia, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices as well as being a regular deputy in a number of London’s professional church choirs. He was a member of the choir at the funeral service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and at the service in Westminster Hall for the reception of her coffin, as well as the service at Windsor for the Duke of Edinburgh in 2021.
Recent career highlights include being the youngest finalist of the International Competition for Young Conductors in Paris, working as Chorus Master at the St Endellion Easter Festival for the world premiere of Oliver Tarney’s St Mark Passion, assisting Harry Christophers for the London premiere of Sir James McMillan’s 5th Symphony and becoming Musical Director of Recordare, a new London-based chamber choir consisting of Genesis Sixteen alumni, which he also co-founded. Harry was one of only three finalists in the Eric Ericson Award for conducting which was held in Sweden in October 2021, and was also course director for Choir of the Earth, a global community formed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside his work with the Guild he currently also holds permanent positions with the English Baroque Choir and the Thames Philharmonic Choir.
As a choir we appreciate Harry’s patience, energy and humour as well as his great musicality. He ensures we work hard during our rehearsals but they are always interesting and enjoyable. One thing we especially like is that he is such a superb singer himself! In ‘the age of Covid’ Harry added to his skill-set by hosting NHGS rehearsals and virtual concerts via Zoom, producing creative learning resources and videos, and generally keeping up morale.
For more information visit Harry's website: https://www.harrybradford.co.uk/
Harry's Recordare choir have made this 'Quarantune', which you can listen to on their twitter: