Christopher Bowers-Broadbent

Biography

Country: England  
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent is one of Europe's leading organists in the field of avant-garde music.

As a boy he took part in the competitive auditions to become a chorister at King's College, Cambridge. In return for performing daily, at services in the College Chapel, during the course of which they learn a wide variety of choral repertoire, the choristers also received a thorough musical and general education at King's College School.
Read more Bowers-Broadbent studied organ, and when he graduated went on to the Royal Academy of Music in London.

During his studies he became committed to contemporary music. He is particularly close to the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. This attraction began when a BBC early music producer introduced him to Pärt's music. Bowers-Broadbent was particularly impressed by the music's "power over time and space" as well as the humanity that is evident in the music.

As a result of his commitment to contemporary music, Bowers-Broadbent has commissioned new works by composers such as Pärt, Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars, Henryk Górecki, Stephen Montague, Robert Simpson, and Priaulx Rainer. Bowers-Broadbent records on the Harmonia Mundi and ECM Records labels, on which he has released some of this repertoire, other works by Pärt, and music of Satie, Milhaud, Messiaen, Handel, and Maxwell Davies.

Since 1976 Bowers-Broadbent has been professor of organ at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 1996 he suggested that Pärt revise his Berliner Mass, written just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and celebrating the new freedom gained by Eastern Europeans. ECM released the revised version, with Bowers-Broadbent, Paul Hillier, and the Theatre of Voices, in March 2000. Read less
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  • 1.
    Brahms: Geistliche Chormusik / Norrington, Schutz Choir
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83332 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Rosemary Hardy,  Cherith Milburn Fryer
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Heinrich Schütz Choir
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    Kiri Te Kanawa: The Classic Albums [6-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002013002 Release Date: 04/01/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Joseph Canteloube,  Richard Strauss,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gottfried H. Stölzel  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sir Georg Solti,  Gabriele Fontana,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Colin Davis,  Gyorgy Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Monastic Chant / Paul Hillier, Theatre Of Voices
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 507356 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Philippe the Chancellor,  Adam of St. Victor,  Léonin  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Ellen Hargis
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices
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    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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    Sacred Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2646 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Emma Kirkby,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gérard Lesne  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Andrew Parrott,  Philip Ledger,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort  ... 
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    Part: Sanctuary
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5453382 Release Date: 08/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Guy Johnston,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Tonu Kaljuste,  Martin Roscoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Studt,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Tönu Kaljuste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Janacek: Choral Music / James Wood, New London Chamber Choir
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55398 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Daniel Norman,  Jamie MacDougall,  Amanda Pitt,  Clive Williamson  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Chamber Chorus,  Critical Band
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    Thomas Ades: America - A Prophecy
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27201 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Adès,  Christopher Foreman / Cat,  François Couperin
    Performer:  Susan Bickley,  Tom Poster,  Hugh Webb,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Adès
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers Ensemble
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    Part: Triodion / Stephen Layton, Polyphony
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 30013 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  David James
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony
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  • 10.
    Very Best Of Arvo Part
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29443 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  Martin Roscoe,  David Goode,  Robert Aldwinckle  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Jeremy Backhouse,  Richard Studt,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian National Symphony Orchestra,  Vasari Singers,  Chilingirian String Quartet
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  • 11.
    Macmillan: Seven Last Words From The Cross, Cantos Sagrados
    Label: Catalyst   Catalog: 68125 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James MacMillan
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
    Conductor:  James MacMillan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra,  Polyphony
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  • 12.
    Glass: Another Look At Harmony Part 4 / Bowers-broadbent, Williams, 21st Century Choir
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 72 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
    Conductor:  Howard Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  21st Century Choir
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    Pärt: Choral Music, Fratres, Etc / Welser-möst, Studt, Johnston, London Po, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 562434 Release Date: 01/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Aarne Talvik,  Evelin Saul,  Tiit Kogermann,  Vilve Hepner  ... 
    Conductor:  Tönu Kaljuste,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Richard Studt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Milken Archive - Psalms Of Joy & Sorrow
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559445 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Waxman,  Zavel Zilberts,  Robert Strassburg,  Ralph Shapey  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Evans,  Alberto Mizrahi,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Justin Bischof  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Neil Levin,  Patrick Gardner,  Avner Itai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Hebraeica,  Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir  ... 
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    Pärt: Da Pacem / Hillier, Bowers-broadbent, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907401 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Kaia Urb,  Tiit Kogermann,  Aarne Talvik
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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    Milken Archive - Herman Berlinski: From The World Of My Father
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559446 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Berlinski
    Performer:  Ted Christopher,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  James Ghigi,  Tim Roseman  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Avner Itai
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Century Vol 20 - Music Of Today
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908182 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ohana,  György Ligeti,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josèphe Jude,  Lawrence Power,  Philippe Bernold,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Luciano Berio,  Josep Pons,  Kent Nagano,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Vivante Ensemble,  Chorale Experimentale,  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Priory Lp Archive Series Vol 5 / Bowers-broadbent, Winter
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 917 Release Date: 11/29/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  Percy Whitlock,  Herbert Sumsion,  William Henry Harris  ... 
    Performer:  John Winter,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
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  • 19.
    Arvo Pärt - A Tribute / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907407 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Singers,  Theatre of Voices,  Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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  • 20.
    Greatest Hits - Bach Vol Ii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000491502 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Raymond Leppard,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Olga Hegedus,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Leopold Stokowski,  Karl Münchinger,  Raymond Agoult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Priory Lp Archive Series Vol 4 / Bowers-broadbent
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 916 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Herbert Howells,  Augustin Barié  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
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  • 22.
    Tavener: Schuon Hymnen, Etc / Layton, Polyphony
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67475 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Robert Millett,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony
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  • 23.
    The Essential Jessye Norman [CD + DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000328300 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Pietro Mascagni,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Jessye Norman,  Neil Shicoff,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Irwin Gage  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Colin Davis,  Semyon Bychkov,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestra d'Ile de France,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris Chorus  ... 
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    Tavener: Schuon Hymnen, Etc / Layton, Polyphony
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67475 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Robert Millett,  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony
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    Milken Archive - Ben-Amots: Celestial Dialogues, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559421 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ofer Ben-Amots
    Performer:  Christopher Bowers-Broadbent,  Alberto Mizrahi,  David Krakauer,  Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Kiesler,  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Eva Seinerova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers,  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Permonik Children's Chorus
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