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 the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Christopher has appeared 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, and the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has also worked extensively abroad, including in Israel, France, Italy and Ireland.
He has worked regularly with many of the major UK festivals including Hampton Court Palace, Spitalfields, Henley, 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 internationally.
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 Baroque and Renaissance, Christopher is equally at home with major choral repertoire, and his concerts and recordings have earned him several five star reviews in The Times and The Independent over the past few years. He has also commissioned many new works, including the ambitious 'Prodigal Son' by Girling, premiered with Dame Evelyn Glennie, and Beowulf, an epic drama by Toby Young which will be premiered during Armonico Consort's 2016 season. Other major highlights of Christopher's career 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 the founder of AC Academy, Armonico Consort's education programme, 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.