Chris Bartram Musical Director 

"I am delighted to be working with Soon Amore as their new Musical Director. In our rehearsals, the members' evident enjoyment of singing, combined with their real enthusiasm for progressing and developing the choir, are providing a rewarding environment and experience for me as MD.

"I see my role as one of supporting the choir in all aspects of its development. I aim to do this partly by working with music from a wide variety of genres, styles and traditions, as I firmly believe that a good choir should be able to do it all!

"Through a broadening repertoire I want to work with the members to develop our overall balance of sound, a variety of timbres, textures and dynamics, so that Soon Amore is able to deliver flexible, exciting and lively programmes to its audiences!"

Chris Bartram - Short Biography

Chris is a Senior Lecturer in Music at York St John University, where his various teaching roles include running the university's community music programme, and directing the community choir 'Communitas', a part of Converge, the University's centre delivering arts programmes for mental health service users.

Chris taught for many years in music education, in early years, primary, secondary, and adult sectors. Following his MA in Music in the Community in 1999 he has worked on numerous local and national arts projects, including with the National Centre for Early Music, Opera North, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, Youth Music, Accessible Arts and Media, and Jessie's Fund. Recent projects for York Archaeological Trust have seen Chris facilitating mental health service users in devising recorded soundscapes, and his current work for Jessie's Fund includes a one-year project supporting development of music at a school for young people with learning disabilities.

Chris was a Facilitator for the national singing programme Sing Up, and also did some vocal training with Frankie Armstrong, co-founder of the Natural Voice Practitioners' Network.

Chris plays trumpet in the local group 'Jeromes' and guitar and vocals as part of the duo 'To the Blue'.