Dr Christopher Tinker
Christopher Tinker was educated at Uppingham, the Royal College of Music (with Ralph Downes, organ), the Royal School of Church Music and Durham University. He later obtained a Doctorate from the University of Lancaster, the thesis being an in-depth analysis of the style of Imogen Holst's music. This was supervised by Anthony Pople (later Professor at Southampton and then Nottingham) and examined by the eminent musicologist Stephen Banfield. The research eventually resulted in the book Imogen Holst, A Life in Music published by Boydell and Brewer and edited by Christopher Grogan, and a CD of the string music of Imogen Holst on the Court Lane music label, which won the BBC Music Magazine Premier Recording award in April 2010. He also advised upon, and wrote the sleeve notes for a CD of the choral music of Imogen Holst released in the Spring of 2012 from Clare College, Cambridge and Graham Ross. He was music advisor for 'Never Such Innocence', a major event in London held over two nights at Australia House in the summer of 2014. More recently he has been professionally involved in raising substantial funds for the Royal College of Music following the sale of the Colt Collection of early keyboard instruments. The funds will provide scholarships for fortepiano study.
His career has included posts as Organist to The King's School Canterbury, Director of Music at Hilton College in South Africa, and later Director of Music at Sedbergh, Whitgift, and St Joseph's College Ipswich; he was also Organist at St Andrew's Church Croydon for several years. Alongside these positions, he has always worked professionally as a conductor, for example directing the Ulverston Choral Society and the Lakeland Singers. He currently works with the Stondon Singers in Essex, with various chamber choirs and with private pupils in Suffolk.
He was the Honorary Secretary of the MMA (a national body for professional music teachers) for seven years, and became President of the MMA in 2002.
Orchestral conducting has included concerts with the Westmorland Orchestra, the Lakeland Sinfonia, the R.P.O. and the London Mozart Players, and he has given concerts all over the UK, in Europe (including Belgium, Austria and Hungary) and further afield in Japan and South Africa.
Alongside work as a conductor, his professional portfolio includes composition, examining (University of West London and Edexcel) and private tuition. He is also Director of Music at St Margaret's Church, Ipswich.
Compositions are currently being uploaded as PDF files to this website under the heading 'Compositions'; visitors may view these but please contact Christopher if you wish to print out or perform any of these. Although no charges will be made, the music is copyright and requires his permission for performance.
This website also includes photos of his favourite fly fishing club at Hintlesham (out of season - see the snow!) and of his M.G.