Chris Simmons

Founder and Musical Director (1970-2005)

Christopher Simmons is married with three daughters. His early life was spent in the south east of England. His interest in choral music stems from his time as a chorister and soloist. In 1963 he trained as a music teacher.

He founded the Hartlepool Youth Choir in 1970 and worked at St. Hild’s School – formerly Henry Smith’s. He is now retired, but remains active on a variety Hartlepool Borough Council committees.

In 1988 he went to Hungary to study choir training and vocal music in Budapest. He returned from this trip with many new pieces and techniques which had an immense affect on the choir.

He is vice chair of the National Executive Committee of the British Federation of Young Choirs and represented them on many occasions at home and abroad.

In 1997 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Europa Cantat, the European Federation of Young Choirs. After serving as President of Europa Cantat for three years he was elected, in November 2003, as 1st Vice President of the Federation for a further three-year term of office.

He is President of the International Federation of Choral Music Commission for Children and Youth.

He retired as Musical Director in December 2005.

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