Artistic Director and Conductor – Christopher Bell
Belfast-born Christopher Bell is the Artistic Director of NYCOS. He is also Chorus Director of the Grant Park Music Festival, Chicago, and former Artistic Director of the Washington Chorus.
Christopher has worked with many of the major orchestras in the UK and Ireland, including the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish Symphony, Ulster, Scottish Chamber, City of London Sinfonia, London Concert, RTE National Symphony, RTE Concert and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the State Orchestra of Victoria (1998–2000), and Associate Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra (2009–2017).
Christopher has received the following awards: a Scotsman of the Year 2001 for Creative Talent, the Charles Groves Prize in 2003 for his contribution to cultural life in Scotland and the rest of the UK, an Honorary Masters Degree from the Open University for Services to the Arts in 2009 and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2012 for his contribution to the performing arts in Scotland. In 2013, Chorus America awarded Christopher the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art. In 2015, he received the degree of Doctor of Music, Honoris Causa, from The University of Aberdeen.