A dynamic and innovative conductor and keyboard player, Christopher Monks is the founder and Artistic Director of Armonico Consort. In addition to work for the group, he has conducted ensembles including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Christopher has conducted at many of the major concert halls in the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, the Bridgwater Hall in Manchester, The Symphony Hall in Birmingham, St David’s Hall in Cardiff, the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. His work at venues abroad include those in Tel Aviv, Naples, Paris, Dublin and Sardinia.
He has worked regularly with many of the major UK festivals including Hampton Court Palace, The Spitalfields Festival, The Henley Festival, Brighton, Bath, Chelsea, Cambridge, Oxford and Canterbury. His recordings, which have earned him critical acclaim, are played every week on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 and on radio stations throughout the world.
Prior to his work with Armonico Consort, Christopher studied music at the University of Cambridge, and then with David Hill at Winchester Cathedral as organ scholar and performed under many of the world’s greatest conductors as a keyboard player with the CBSO.
Specialising in the performance of music from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical, Christopher’s concerts and recordings have earned him several five star reviews in The Times and The Independent over the past two years. He has commissioned many new works, including the epic 'Prodigal Son' by Girling, premiered with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Equally at home with major choral repertoire, other major projects have seen him conduct Elgar’s 'Dream of Gerontius' with Armonico Consort and The Philharmonia, and Verdi's Requiem with Sir Willard White.
Christopher is also founder of the AC Academy education network, which has delivered free first class musical opportunities to over 150,000 children across the UK since it began 12 years ago. Currently over 1000 children sing every week in an AC Academy choir across the UK.
When not conducting, Christopher is an avid cyclist, and cook, but an appalling golf player.