Chris has been NYIO’s conductor since 2013 and has enjoyed conducting the senior orchestra on tour to Vienna, Jersey, Amsterdam and Prague. He has a friendly, efficient rehearsal style where he keeps students busy playing as much as possible, so they learn by watching and following the conductor’s gestures and suggestions.
“I can also be found in Intermediate Orchestra's library seeking suitable repertoire that is rewarding to play, and have been known to make additional arrangements of parts for specific instruments in order to make the music inclusive of everyone.”— Chris Hoggarth
Chris studied Music to Postgraduate level at Nottingham University and conducted the University’s Orchestras. He gained their Performance Award three consecutive years running. He studied conducting with Jonathan Tilbrook and privately with Mark Heron, and participated in masterclasses including the Colin Metters International Conducting Masterclass.
Chris's conducting engagements cover a broad spectrum of work encompassing orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs and music theatre. Outside of NYO he is Conductor and Music Director of the Halesowen Orchestra and has worked with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, York Symphony Orchestra, Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia and Sinfonia Silvana.
Chris has an LRSM in flute performance and performs regularly as soloist and orchestral player. He is a piano accompanist and has studied the violin, voice, and percussion, and he also took the Grade 1 trombone exam for charity. Each year Chris adjudicates the final of the national ISA Young Musician Competition.