Christopher Stokes is Organist & Master of the Choristers at Manchester Cathedral. Prior to taking up that appointment, he was Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London’s Trafalgar Square and, subsequently, Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. He is a well-known conductor, organist, pianist, harpsichordist and broadcaster, having performed and recorded with all the major British orchestras and has given many solo recitals in the UK, Europe and the USA.
In Manchester, he works regularly with the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, with whom he has recorded on many occasions. He frequently directs the music for BBC Radio 4‘s Daily Service.
Teaching young organists is a major part of Christopher’s life: whilst in London, he was professor of organ at Trinity College of Music from 1978-1994, where he also studied from 1972-1976. He was invited to become Head of Organ Studies at the internationally renowned Chetham’s School of Music in 1994.