Biography

Christian was born in South West Wales and started composing whilst a pupil at Whitland Grammar, the school of William Mathias. Early works, such as Fantasia for Orchestra, Symphony and Gloria in Excelsis Deo (for brass band) gained exposure thanks to the encouragement of his music teachers at the time: Ann Lewis, Robert Owen and Seimon Morris. Christian continued his study of composition at the University of Surrey under Sebastian Forbes, graduating with first class honours. After this he wrote a series of works for children, most notably songs and incidental music for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Bring in the Holly (words by Charles Causley).

From October 2005 to September 2006 Christian studied at Cardiff University, obtaining his MMus with distinction. He was awarded a studentship to proceed to a PhD, which he began in October 2007, studying with Anthony Powers, Arlene Sierra and Judith Weir.

Recent performances include Mwg with Cardiff University Contemporary Music Group; a workshop performance of Movements for Orchestra with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Djemma el Fna with BBC National Orchestra of Wales brass and friends; Herr ich habe missgehandelt and Chorale from Lyra Davidica, both for organ. The orchestral version of Lyra Davidica was performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and broadcast on BBC Radio. Christian’s fanfare Variation XVI, was performed at the Arcomis International Brass Event in October 2013.

More recent composing has focused on choral repertoire, with new choral works commissioned by St. James’s Church, Sussex Gardens. The latest, Missa Veni, Veni Emmanuel, was performed on Advent Sunday 2015.

Christian is also active as a writer on contemporary music. He blogs regularly for compositiontoday.com, where he has interviewed many leading figures, including Judith Weir, John Woolrich, Alasdair Nicolson and Anda Anastasescu. His article exploring composition procedures in Henri Dutilleux’s Symphony No. 2 was published in Tempo Music Journal in November 2013. He was awarded a stipend by the Paul Sacher Foundation to support his continued study of the composer in 2014.

In 2015 Christian returned to study at the Sacher Foundation, Basel, where he presented a paper on Henri Dutilleux on 18th May. This was followed by an article, published by the Sacher Foundation Mitteilungen in 2016. He has also co-authored a Spanish-language paper on Dutilleux, to be published by Mexican Music Journal Pauta early in 2017.