Accompanist - Chris Ebbern
Christopher is Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, East
Leake, where he plays for Sunday services, Weddings,
Funerals and also conducts the church and community
He has a wealth of performance experience; featuring as a soloist, accompanist and singing in choirs in such venues as Nottingham University, Djanology Arts Centre, Nottingham Albert Hall, Southwell Minster, Derby Cathedral and The VoiceBox, Derby.
An accomplished accompanist, Christopher has accompanied a number of choirs in the East Midlands including: Charnwood Choral Society’s Christmas concert (2013), a combined choir of Southwell Choral Society and Newstead Abbey singers, performing Stainer’s Crucifixion (2014) (featuring Stainer’s Great Grandson himself), and at present is the accompanist for the Nottingham Hospitals’ Choir and Ruddington Choral Society. Each Easter he accompanies a collaborative performance organised by Leicestershire Arts which consists of approximately 200 Primary school Children. Christopher accompanies lots of other events for Leicestershire Arts and also students taking graded music exams and has accompanied for 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.
He has been on many conducting and singing courses with leading figures in those fields, including: John Rutter, Julian Wilkins, Paul Spicer, Gaynor Keeble and Neil Ferris and in 2012 attended the Association of British Choral Directors Course.
In March 2013 Christopher attended a Jazz singing workshop led by Nia Lynn who is a Voice teacher at the Royal Academy of Music; London. He learned a lot from this and found it an invaluable experience.
As an Organist Christopher 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 and Southwell Minster Cathedral Organs and the Organ in Nottingham Albert Hall.
At Orchard Primary School, Castle Donington and West Park School, Spondon, Christopher teaches Piano and Singing; he also has a very busy private teaching practice.