Christopher Borrett - Singer, Conductor, Teacher

Teaching

Christopher predominantly offers lessons in singing and music theory. He is also able to give extra tution for GCSE or A-Level syllabuses. If you are interested in lessons or tuition, please get in touch via the 'contacts' page.

Background

Christopher Borrett was born in Middlesbrough and was educated at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire from 1994-2004, where he was a music scholar. At Ampleforth he studied the trumpet, piano, organ and singing all to Grade VIII standard. Following a year as a music assistant and choral scholar at Tewkesbury Abbey, he went up to New College, Oxford where he read music, gaining a BA Hons (2:1).

At Oxford Christopher was both an academic scholar and a member of New College’s award winning choir. Further to his academic and choral commitments, Christopher also ran the New College Music Society, conducted the Oxford New Orchestra and was Musical Director of New Chamber Opera Studio, a semi-professional opera company based in Oxford. It was at this time when Christopher became a founding-member of the now internationally acclaimed Marian Consort: a chamber music ensemble that specialises in the choral works of the Renaissance and also modern compositions.

After graduating, Christopher moved to London where he embarked upon a freelance singing career, notably being selected to be a part of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir Apprenticeship Scheme. His other work commitments included singing teaching at Dean Close School, Cheltenham and singing as a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace as well as an increasing amount of recitals and solo commitments.

Christopher and his wife Alice – whom he met at Oxford and practices now as a barrister - moved to Colchester in 2010. Since relocating to East Anglia, Christopher continues to work for the best choral ensembles in London, increase his solo work and also take on the conductorship of the Ipswich Chamber Choir.

In addition, Christopher has forged a partnership with The Pimlott Foundation, with whom he is an Associate Conductor and also gives singing and composition workshops for the foundation in academies, schools and as part of local arts festivals.

Christopher is a keen cricketer and an often-disappointed supporter of Middlesbrough FC. He enjoys helping on Alice’s parents’ farm and much to his father’s surprise is becoming an increasingly competent gardener.


Selected Testimonies

“Christopher Borrett is a first-class singing teacher. He delivers a comprehensive technical training in an inspiring and enjoyable way, bringing his experiences as a soloist and consort singer to the lesson. I recommend him without hesitation.”
Benjamin Nicholas, Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music, Merton College, Oxford


"I would thoroughly recommend Chris Borrett to anyone wanting singing lessons. He is an extremely able teacher across all ages, is very popular and has a warm, encouraging manner with all of his pupils. His professional experience enables him to challenge and motivate those wishing to pursue music as a profession."
Helen Porter, Director of Music, Dean Close School, Cheltenham


"The students found this informative and the day has really helped them with developing their ideas for their BTEC and A Level coursework. Chris has given them a lot of ideas of how to improve their work."
Lois Hinsley, Suffolk One, Ipswich


“Christopher Borrett has the ability to relate to students of all ages and abilities without ‘dumbing down’ the lesson content. His success is evident in the number of students who sign up to participate in his workshops.”
Helen Thorne, The Pimlott Foundation Education Outreach Coordinator


“Chris is a brilliant singing teacher. He really understands how the voice works, and explains how to get the most out of it in terms that are easy to visualise and understand, even when teaching someone who does not sing bass. His approach is always personal, and he is challenging, supportive and honest. I would highly recommend him as a teacher.”
Tom Dyer, Oxford Choral Scholar (Former Pupil)