12 Feb 2020

Wednesday 12 February 2020

King's College's very own, Mr Chris Artley, added a number of musical successes to his belt over the summer holidays; a feat which has become quite regular in recent years for the highly regarded composer, pianist and vocalist!

Chris Artley Music


In particular, Mr Artley was crowned the winner of the 2nd Leeds Philharmonic Society Christmas Carol Competition in December of last year for his piece 'Cradle Song' based off of William Blake's poem by the same name. Amongst the various awards associated with this achievement, was the opportunity for Mr Artley's piece to be published in the Royal School of Church Music’s repertoire distributed primarily in England. He notes that this is a wonderful opportunity to broaden the scope of his musical influence having already developed a considerable presence in the Australasian, Austrian and German choral scenes.

In addition to this, Mr Artley's composition ‘Missa Brevis Akarana’ was one of the pieces performed by the combined musical ensemble of the Graduate Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir and Auckland Symphony Orchestra during the 2020 Teapot Valley Summer School in Nelson. This performance was directed by Mr Ben Parry, a highly successful member of the Choral world who has worked as a director at establishments such as King's College Cambridge, London Voices and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

We congratulate Mr Artley on his continued success in his musical pursuits and look forward to hearing more about his accolades in the future. To learn more about his recent success and hear snippets of these two pieces, follow the link below to listen to his full interview on Radio New Zealand’s program, Upbeat.


Full Interview