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Since joining the choir at York Minster in September 1998, Chris has been fortunate to have the opportunity to sing many of the major bass solos in the repertoire of English Cathedral music.
He has sung in the Minster for the Royal Schools of Church Music in the Faure Requiem, for York Musical Society in Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols (Xmas ‘98), and Finzi’s “Et in Terra Pax” (Xmas 2000). He has also sung in the Minster with Lynn Dawson and Charles Daniel in Messiah for the Hospices Concert.
Chris is delighted to be represented by one of the leading artists' agencies, Concert Directory International, and has, through them, significantly increased the number of his engagements. He continues to extend his repertoire and also his knowledge of the English and Welsh countryside - travelling as far as Exeter, Whitehaven, Colwyn Bay, Sunderland and Eton College in Slough.
In addition to Oratorio engagements he has also given two recitals in the Minster incorporating on one occasion Vaughan Williams “Songs of Travel” and on another Finzi’s “Let us Garlands Bring” as well as some Faure and Schubert songs. In November 2002 he combined all of these elements with Victorian and Edwardian ballads in a recital for the Sasra Music Cub at Egremont in Cumbria.
As a contrast to his Minster duties and Oratorio engagements, Chris is also periodically engaged as a member of the chorus with Opera North, having taken part in productions of “Don Carlos” by Verdi, “Gloriana” by Britten, Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam and Brahms “Requiem” in the Minster. He has also joined with three members of Opera North in an evening of Operatic arias and ensembles at Hovingham Hall, the residence of Sir Marcus and Lady Worsley.
Chris is on the National committee of AOTOS (The Association of Teachers of Singing) and holds the GRSM and ARCM (Singing Teaching) qualifications.
He is particularly interested in the development of male voices as there has been an alarming decline in the numbers of boys taking up singing in recent years for a number of reasons. He teaches individual singing lessons at St Peters School in York. When he started, no boys were taking singing lessons, but now most of his pupils are boys aged 10-18
He is also Choral Director on the very popular high standard Yorkestra youth orchestra course held at York University in the three school vacations.
As an extension to his teaching practice, Chris is now offering a tutoring / workshop service, particularly to the bass and tenor sections where the conductor or committee feel that those sections could benefit from a half or full day of intensive, but fun, vocal development incorporating full group to small group to individual tuition.
This can free the conductor to concentrate on purely musical issues in rehearsal and creates more enjoyment for individual members.
It is hoped that this will help toward the regeneration of the male sections of choirs and choral societies.
Chris Gulley can be contacted at:
Home: 01904 765361
Mobile: 07753 612817
or by writing to him at:
3 Earswick Chase, Earswick, York, YO32 9FZ