South Birmingham Sinfonia is pleased to welcome Chris Holley as our new Music Director. We are excited to have Chris directing us as we rehearse and perform works by Sibelius, Franck and Elgar for the concert on 11th of February 2017.
Our previous Music Director, Lee Differ, left in July 2016 to further his studies, and we are currently advertising for a permanent Music Director to advance the orchestra’s musical horizons.
Chris is a young conductor and freelance musician. In 2015 he graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class degree in music where he majored in orchestral conducting, studying with Dan Rosina, Simon Halsey (CBE), and Julian Wilkins, amongst visiting other tutors.
Chris has conducted a wide range of genres and ensembles including symphony and chamber orchestras, contemporary music, wind bands, early music ensembles and choirs.
His early experience includes conducting the University of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Ensemble, student composition workshops, a large early music ensemble with period instruments, chorus, and soloists, and a wind orchestra which grew to over 130 musicians during the four terms he was elected as music director.
In the summer of 2016 he attended the London Conducting Workshop with conductors from around the world for a week of masterclasses with advanced repertoire with a professional orchestra in Westminster. Chris is currently the musical director of Northfield Community Choir and Shirley Community Gospel Choir, and is very proud to be the Interim Principal Conductor of the South Birmingham Sinfonia.
Alongside conducting, Chris enjoys a varied freelance career teaching, community music-making, orchestrating, organising, and performing, both independently and with organisations including Aldeburgh Music, Music For Youth National Festival, Worcester Youth Music and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.