DR CHRISTOPHER ALLAN
Chris has recently retired as senior lecturer in Voice at the University of Newcastle, NSW where he worked with singers and lectured in academic music courses. He is well known as a baritone soloist with many choral institutions such as Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Newcastle University Choir, Willoughby Choir and Coro Innominata. Chris appeared as guest artist with The Song Company for many years in concert and radio broadcasts and appeared with Opera Australia as understudy and chorus member. He also toured extensively for Musica Viva with the Song Company and the early music ensemble Sounds Baroque.
Chris held the post of Artistic and Musical Director of the Newcastle University Choir from 1999-2004 and was reappointed to the position of Musical Director from 2011. With the University Choir he directed performances of major works of the choral literature including the JS Bach Magnificat, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Vittoria’s Requiem and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Mozart’s Requiem. In late 2013 the Choir’s first commercial CD (Encore) was released. In 2016 the Choir, under Chris’ direction, performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion to an enthusiastic audience. The Choir continues to present a range of musical genres working with outstanding musicians and ensembles.
Chris is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist and has appeared on many occasions with performers such as Sally Walker (Flute) and in recital with his daughter, soprano Miriam Allan.
In 2011 he successfully completed his doctoral thesis looking at the use of modal voice as a catalyst in encouraging a classical vocal sound in developing singers. He has presented papers on aspects of vocal technique and singing teaching at international and local conferences and enjoys facilitating workshop sessions with choral groups focusing on all aspects of performance. He has presented workshops on vocal technique as well as workshops with a combination of voice and somatic body work with Feldenkrais practitioner Georgi Laney.