Christopher Bell

Bell website photo 2013Born in Belfast, Mr. Bell was educated at Edinburgh University and held his first post as Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has worked as conductor with many of the major orchestras in the UK and Ireland, including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Chamber, City of London Sinfonia London Concert, RTE National Symphony, RTE Concert and the Bournemouth Symphony.  He was Principal Guest Conductor of the State Orchestra of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia from 1998 – 2000 Chorus Master of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra between 1989 and 2002, and was the first Artistic Director of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.

In 1988 he made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra in performances of Messiah and since then has appeared regularly with them conducting concerts all over Northern Ireland from Coleraine and Derry to Armagh, Omagh and Eniskillen. In 2009 he was appointed the Ulster Orchestra’s first Associate Conductor.

Elsewhere, Christopher annually conducts choral and orchestral performances at the Chicago Grant Park Music Festival, where he has been Chorus Director since 2002. During his tenure he and the chorus have been recipients of the coveted Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence given by Chorus America as well as glowing reviews from both critics and audiences alike. “It’s as if he has some magic dust he sprinkles on his singers that gives them this incredible precision” Andrew Patner Chicago Sun Times



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