Christopher Gabbitas began singing in the ancient Cathedral in Rochester, UK, as an 8-year-old treble, and has enjoyed an unbroken professional musical career ever since. He continued his musical studies in voice, keyboard and viola as a music scholar at Uppingham School, and was awarded a Choral Scholarship to St John’s College, Cambridge in 1997. There he combined his choral studies with a degree in Law, moving across to Christ Church, Oxford as a Lay Clerk and to continue postgraduate legal studies in 2000. Whilst at University, Christopher led several choral ensembles as conductor and musical director, which fostered a deep love of diverse choral repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. In London, alongside working as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Christopher sang with many of Britain’s finest choral ensembles including Polyphony, The English Concert, The King’s Consort, and European Voices – with whom he was part of the first Wagner Opera to be performed at the BBC Proms, under Sir Simon Rattle.
Between 2004-2019 Christopher sang as the second baritone in The King’s Singers, performing around 2,000 concerts in almost 40 countries worldwide. He appeared on over 30 albums, jointly commissioned 25 new compositions from the world’s finest composers, and served as a clinician in over 500 masterclasses – including at many of the top US colleges and universities. As Managing Partner for the group, Christopher helped to set up The King’s Singers’ charitable foundations in both the UK and US, and worked to raise funds for numerous charities around the world. Industry recognition during his time in the group included two Grammy Awards as singer and producer, and in 2013 The King’s Singers were inducted into the inaugural Gramophone Hall of Fame – one of only two vocal ensembles currently to enjoy this honour. In 2018 the ensemble celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a 150-date GOLD world tour and album release, and following this Christopher left the group in order to pursue a career in education and choral direction. In 2019 he will take up a position as Artist Professor at the University of Redlands, CA, teaching a unique Master’s degree course (co-written with Professor Nicholle Andrews) that focuses on elite choral performance alongside music business education, with the aim of producing professional musicians who understand the commercial reality of the industry – Christopher is passionate about the need for musicians to understand the importance of sustainability for arts organisations, and hopes to be able to preach this message far and wide in order to safeguard the future of live classical music performance.
Christopher maintains a position as a Consultant Solicitor for the highly-regarded boutique firm Clintons, in London, representing clients in the music and photography sectors. He currently lives in the beautiful county of East Sussex with his American wife, Stephanie and their three wonderful daughters Bella, Lyra and Ariana, all of whom love to sing! When not making music, he enjoys nothing better than to enjoy a family meal and settle down to a movie, and is an avid follower of the major English sports – soccer, rugby, and of course cricket.
He is absolutely thrilled to be making his directing debut with the Phoenix Chorale, having long admired them from afar, and is very much looking forward to working with the singers and performing for the fantastic Phoenix audiences.