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Chris O'Hara

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Mr Chris O'Hara
Freelance Composer
22 Hadfield Street
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK138DX
United Kingdom

Chris is an award-winning composer, choral director, singer and music educator. Growing up in Liverpool he developed his love of singing as a member of the Merseyside Youth Choir and as a chorister at one of Liverpool's Cathedrals. For many years Chris was Director of Music in a variety of High Schools in the UK and was Director of Arts at a specialist arts college in Derbyshire.

He has had a life-long interest in composition and his liturgical music has been widely published and recorded in the UK. Chris has composed several cantatas for children's choirs singing with SATB choir, soloists & instrumental ensembles including ‘The Mountain’ (1997 - on the theme of nature conservation) and 'The Other Shore' (2007 - meditating on the experience of the child as refugee). May 2012 saw the premiere of a new work by Chris for choir, soloists and orchestra - ‘ The Trees Alone Remain' – written for the charity the Woodland Trust to celebrate the ‘Jubilee Woods’ campaign. Directing and arranging music for choirs, conferences and community projects is one of Chris’ main areas of expertise and experience. He has been musical director for Radio 4’s ‘Daily Service’ and for several of BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ programmes and in 2008 Chris worked for six months as Musical Director and arranger for BBC1’s popular drama series “All the Small Things”. Since September 2011 Chris has been working freelance as a composer and arranger in a variety of genres from contemporary classical through to popular music. In 2013 his choral composition 'We Dare To Dream' was selected as the official theme song for the Hong Kong International Youth and Children's Choirs Festival. Currently he is a finalist in the first Jean Sibelius International Composition Competition and is completing a series of choral compositions setting to music the work of women poets of World War One.

Score catalogue

'Commonwealth of Love' - Choir + keyboard
' The Naming of Trees' - Choir + orchestra
'As Love Holds You' - Voice + keyboard
'Be Not Afraid' - Voice + keyboard
'Forest Dance' - Mvt 1 from 'The Trees Alone Remain' - Choir + keyboard
'Love Will Reign' - Choir + keyboard
'Mvt 2: Trees Are Great' - Choir + orchestra
'Mvt 6: 'Girl and Tree' - Choir + orchestra
'Perhaps' - Choir + keyboard
'Tree Song' - Choir + keyboard
'We Dare To Dream' - Choir + keyboard