Profile

Christopher O’Gorman – Tenor

JKnowles_Chris_TLQ_0217Christopher O’Gorman studied at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music and then the University of York where he gained an MA in vocal studies with John Potter. He now pursues a career both as a Songman in the Choir of York Minster and as an ensemble singer with the Conductus Trio, Cantabile – The London Quartet and the Gavin Bryars Ensemble. He has also sung as an ad hoc member with a number of groups including Gothic Voices, the Gabrieli Consort, The Binchois Consort, iFagiolini, Ex Cathedra, Britten Sinfonia Voices, The Brabant Ensemble and The Ebor Singers.

As a soloist, Christopher is an active performer of medieval music. He is currently working with the musicologist Mark Everist, and tenors John Potter and Rogers Covey-Crump on a project entitled Cantum pulcriorem invenire, which will culminate in three recordings for Hyperion Records. The first recording, Conductus Vol I was released in September 2012 and was received enthusiastically by the musical press. Gramophone Magazine said that ‘…[John Potter] is magically balanced by the glorious voice of Christopher O’Gorman’. The final recording of the series was released in February 2016.

A versatile performer, Christopher is also a member of Cantabile – The London Quartet, an a cappella group who tour extensively in Europe and beyond. During the Christmas season 2015, the group performed to a capacity audience at the Royal Albert Hall while in Germany, The London Quartet has shared the stage with The House Jacks, OnAir, Ringmasters and SixPack, plus a host of new groups on the a cappella scene.

Other Performance highlights as an ensemble singer include singing in the first complete performance of Stockhausen’s final opera Mittwoch aus Licht with Ex Cathedra in Birmingham Opera’s production as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and later repeated in the 2013 Proms season.

With The Gabrieli Consort, Christopher has toured the UK, Germany, Poland and Spain and featured as a soloist in the Byrd Great Service as part of the By morning glow and evening shade programme (Spitalfields Festival, Chester Summer Festival, York Early Music Festival and Brinkburn Festival). He has also been involved in their epic performances and recordings of Berlioz’s Grand Mess des Morts (Wratislava Cantans Festival), Mendelsohn’s Elijah (BBC Proms, Leipzig Mendelsohn Festival and Wratislava Cantans Festival) and Britten’s War Requiem.

As well as three Conductus albums, Christopher has made a number of recordings as an ensemble singer, many being premieres of works by Roger Marsh, Kerry Andrew and recently discovered French baroque music with the musicologist Paul Gameson’s ensemble, the Ebor Singers.