Chris Hutchings’ works have been performed by the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Edinburgh Singers, Chicago A Cappella, the New London Singers, Cappella Nova, the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, and a wide variety of soloists, choirs and chamber groups in the UK, US, Canada and beyond. Recently completed commissions include O Praise The Lord, Ye Angels Of His for St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh; a setting of Compline for St Mary’s Schola, Arlington, Virginia; and a Requiem for Amemptos Music, to be released on CD in 2015.
Chris has received funding for composition projects and tuition from Creative Scotland, the St Magnus Festival, AHRC, Dartington International Summer School, and the Bliss Trust. Awards include the Chigwell Choir Young Composers’ Competition, New London Singers Composition Prize, the Temple Church Composition Prize and the John McLeod Composition Prize. He has an MMus from the University of Hull (2001).
Chris’s areas of interest include: using music to explore theological issues; the intersection of music, the natural world and religion; singing techniques in amateur choirs; Christian influences on secular music and repertoire; and using music to bring out hidden meanings or links in sung texts.