Christopher Hirons studied with Clifford Knowles at the Royal Manchester College of Music and later with Kato Havas in London.
Most of Christopher’s playing career has been spent leading and directing chamber orchestras including the Northern Sinfonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English String Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera. He has also appeared many times as guest leader with many other chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras. He was a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for seven years. He has appeared many times as a soloist and director in most of the major festivals and concert halls worldwide.
A great deal of his time has been devoted to chamber music, giving recitals with such artists as James Bowman, Emma Kirkby, William Bennett and Christopher Hogwood beside a long partnership with the international harpsichordist and pianist George Malcolm He has accepted invitations to coach and direct chamber orchestras in Finland, Japan and America. Christopher has made several recordings as a soloist including the highly acclaimed performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Teaching has always been a very important part of his career, he was a tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire for several years and for ten years was senior violin teacher at Uppingham School. He is String Consultant to the Hampshire Music Service and joined the staff of the Royal College of Music Junior Department in 2000, where he also directs the String Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra. Christopher is in ever increasing demand to coach and direct youth orchestras and is currently Director of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain and the East Sussex String Chamber Orchestra. He also teaches at Kings College School Wimbledon and at his home in West Wimbledon.
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