Harry Christophers in conversation with Elin Manahan Thomas

A New Heaven

  Sunday, October 4th, 2020


Harry Christophers CBE, is the founder and conductor of world-renowned choir, The Sixteen. He has set benchmark standards for the performance of everything from late medieval polyphony to new works by today’s finest choral composers. Harry has won multiple awards including Ensemble/Orchestral Album of the Year Classical 2005, was Grammy nominated in 2007, and received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year Award.

Collaboration and collegiality are among the cornerstones of Harry’s music-making. He describes The Sixteen as a family of musicians, united by ties of loyalty. He also supports new talent through Genesis Sixteen, a pioneering young artists’ scheme.

In a film, specially produced for Sevenoaks Literary Festival, Harry talked to Elin Manahan Thomas, herself a feted soprano and broadcaster and former member of The Sixteen. They discused Harry’s book A New Heaven, written with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of The Sixteen. Focusing on music that holds a particular significance to Harry and the choir, the film was a fascinating insight into his world.