Christopher Leedham

composer | conductor | teacher


Christopher Leedham conducting

Photo: Martin Scheuregger

Christopher Leedham is a British composer currently based in York. Having studied at the University of Oxford and the London College of Music, he completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York in 2013, under the supervision of Roger Marsh.

Christopher’s compositional interests lie in the expressive power of simple melodic material, using intricate webs to create expressive, narrative music that, whilst unashamedly complex, still maintains a clear structural flow and which always gives the audience the sense of undertaking an emotional journey.

Christopher’s music has been performed by nationally and internationally by groups such as: the Kreutzer Quartet, members of the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Chamber Choir, The 24, The Choir of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, The Vertigo Project, Dark Inventions and the Chimera Ensemble.

As well as composition Christopher is an active conductor, pianist and teacher. He is director of Dark Inventions, a young contemporary music ensemble that he co-founded to showcase links between traditionally disparate music. Recently the group has undertaken a North of England tour premiering a BPF-funded commission by Philip Cashian, Firewheel, alongside new pieces by emerging composers and juxtaposed with original folk song arrangements. The group has recently featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and released their debut EP, Hinterland, earlier this year.

About me

I am Christopher Leedham – a composer and conductor based in York, UK.

I also play piano and clarinet, and teach performance and theory, and I like to take photographs and make websites.

My compositional interests lie in formulating narrative threads in abstract musical structures and the development of complex musical webs utilising only the simplest of musical ideas. In my work I'm attempting to blur long-established boundaries between 'contemporary' and 'traditional', seeking to take inspiration from both the language of tonality, as well as more recent developments in modern music.

I'd welcome any comments on my work, either through this website or on Soundcloud and Vimeo; or tweet @cdleedham if that's your thing.

Christopher Leedham

Photo: Clare Hooper