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Geoff Williams, Chairman

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CHRISTINE CAIRNS

PRESIDENT

 

Christine has sung all over the world in concerts and recitals and has become best known for her interpretation of the late romantic repertoire, particularly Mahler. In 1985 Christine was propelled into an international career when a chance audition with André Previn led to concerts with him and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra a month later and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London immediately after that.

Since then, she has sung throughout the USA, most notably with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony with conductors such as Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov and Vladimir Ashkenazy. In Europe she has worked with the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic amongst others. In the UK, Christine has performed with the BBC Orchestras and all the London Orchestras, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and many others. She has also sung in Japan, Israel, Scandinavia, Singapore and China.

A few years ago she took some time out when her younger son was diagnosed with autism. She and her husband, conductor John Lubbock, set up a charity called Music for Autism to give concerts and make recordings to raise much-needed funds for, and raise awareness of, this devastating condition.

Christine now has a busy teaching career at the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and privately at home in Oxfordshire.

We are delighted that she has agreed to become our President and are very excited that she will also be running workshops with the Choral Society – the first of which will be on 30 March 2019.