The tall New Zealand tenor, Christopher Bowen started his professional singing career upon moving to London in 2003. A pupil of Vernon Midgely and Ian Partridge, he quickly found a niche as a high tenor in oratorio, opera and ensemble singing. Christopher has performed a broad array of music from medieval to modern: he was Daniel in the 13th century Play of Daniel at the Liverpool Cathedral centenary and Rawley Beaunes in Alasdair Nicolson's Opera The Iris Murder with the Hebrides Ensemble at the St Magnus Festival Orkney.
Christopher’s CD appearances include Judith Weir's The Vanishing Bridegroom, Janacek's The Excursions of Mr Broucek, Delius’ A Song of the High Hills and Vaughan Williams’ A Cambridge Mass. In 2013 Christopher performed at the Britten centenary celebrations in Aldeburgh and last year performed Britten’s War Requiem in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christopher sings for period performance groups such as I Fagiolini as well as contemporary music ensembles including Theatre of Voices and the BBC Singers.
Christopher is in demand as a tenor soloist with choral societies throughout the UK. He sang Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at the RNCM. Noted for fluent and articulate performances of Bach, he has sung passions and cantatas in the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield. Acclaimed performances have included the Christmas Oratorio in Sheffield, John Passion in Bristol, and Matthew Passion in Covent Garden. He was the tenor evangelist in the UK premiere of the Johannespassion by Gottfried Homilius and in the Radio 3 broadcast of Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie.
As an haute-contre Christopher performed Monteclair’s Le Triomphe de l’Amour and the title role in Charpentier's Acteon. Recent engagements have included the swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Albert Hall and Handel's Israel in Egypt . He was Zadok in Handel’s Solomon at the Dublin Handel Festival and performed Handel’s Messiah at King's College Cambridge, Snape Maltings and the Wexford Opera House.
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