Christopher began his conducting career as Deputy Music Director at the Opera House at Capetown and spent 12 years on the music staff at Glyndebourne. His freelance conducting career has taken him to many orchestras and opera houses in Britain, South Africa, Hungary, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, and Iceland.



He has had a distinguished career as a music historian; contributed to all the major dictionaries, written articles for music journals, and is the only biographer of the composer Max Bruch and the conductor Hans Richter.



Recent books are an edition of the Letters and Diaries of the singer Kathleen Ferrier and he appeared in the TV biography An Ordinary Diva for BBC 2 and BBC 4 and live on Radio 3 on the 50th anniversary of her death in a full evenings tribute to the singer and a history of the music agents Ibbs and Tillett.



As well as giving many pre-concert talks, he is as experienced broadcaster, including Prom interval talks, and many for BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, and Classic FM; he also speaks on the circuits of the WI, music clubs and associations, and the Federation of Recorded Music Societies.


  • Klever Kaff - the life and death of the singer Kathleen Ferrier using her recordings, her letters and her diaries full of humour and courage, to get to the person behind the unique voice.

  • A Voice from the pit - incidents an opera house audience never gets to hear about, a view of performances as seen by a member of the music staff from the prompt box and the wings.

  •  How did we get those chickens off the stage in Fidelio?

  • What was the prompter doing with a hair dryer in his box?

Christopher Fifield