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Dr Christopher Whitton

Dr Christopher  Whitton

Director of Music, Emmanuel College (on leave LT18 and ET18)

Senior Lecturer in Classical Literature in the Faculty of Classics


I was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (BA 2002, MPhil 2004, PhD 2007), and as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University (2002-3). I came to Emmanuel as Fellow in Classics and Director of Music in 2007, when I was appointed University Lecturer in Classics. In 2012-14 I was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and Rostock University.

As an organist, singer and choir director I have held posts at Winchester College, Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), Harvard Memorial Church, and St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, and spent five years as chorus master of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society. I have been a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists since 1999 and was Organ Student at St John’s College, Cambridge, from 1999 to 2002, playing for several of the CDs of English choral music recorded with Naxos. I continue to give occasional recitals and to conduct and accompany choirs in services, concerts and broadcasts, and I spend a week each summer as Organist and Assistant Director on the Eton Choral Courses. At Emmanuel I am the Fellow responsible for (non-academic) music in College, including oversight of Chapel music and the Music Society.

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