Christopher Braime was born in 1983 and was awarded a Foundation Scholarship to study oboe and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He is active as a conductor throughout the UK and Europe.
Christopher is Musical Director of the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, the Putney Choral Society, and the Southampton Youth Orchestra; in January 2019 he will also become the Musical Director of the Sussex Symphony Orchestra.
Christopher recently made his debut at Symphony Hall Birmingham, conducting the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and is active as a guest conductor, he has worked with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, the Redhill Sinfonia, the Suffolk Sinfonia, the Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Petersfield Orchestra. In 2013, he made his European conducting debut with the Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal, and has recently conducted in Germany and Amsterdam. In the 2019/20 season he will be returning to the Suffolk Sinfonia where he maintains a very happy guest conducting relationship with the orchestra.
Christopher has worked with some of the most outstanding young soloists of this generation including the cellist Jamal Aliyev, horn player Joel Ashford the baritones Huw Montague-Rendall and Edward Jowle, Soprano Jessica Gillingwater and the saxophonist Huw Wiggin. With the pianist Simon Ballard he also gave the first public performance in the UK of the Leroy Anderson Piano Concerto.
Until recently he was the Musical Director of the Grosvenor Light Opera Company who have regularly been invited to perform at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and have won awards for their productions at the festival.
Christopher is still active in the field of teaching, he was a Music Appreciation lecturer for the charity Open Age, based in West London, and conducts at the Mary Ward Adult Education Centre. Considering musical training and communities essential, he also conducts the Gustav Holst Community Orchestra, an adult training orchestra based in Primrose Hill. He was also a consultant on the Royal College of Music's "Rhythm for Life" project where RCM students explored the skills required when working with older adult learners, and recently wrote guidance for the RCM on the subject.
Christopher was formerly Musical Director of the Imperial College String Ensemble, the Pelly Concert Orchestra, Farnborough and the Worthing Youth Orchestra
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“Christopher Braime’s restrained yet eloquent conducting presented all the moods and impressions of ‘A London Symphony’: sensuous, jolly, alarming and even more passionate” - thelatest.co.uk