About us VIPs Harry Christophers | Vice President Image: Marco Borggreve Harry Christophers is known internationally as Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, as well as a regular guest conductor for many of the major symphony orchestras and opera companies worldwide. He has directed The Sixteen throughout Europe, America and Asia, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque and 21st-century music. He has made a significant contribution to the recording catalogue (already comprising 142 titles) for which he has won numerous awards including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the prestigious Classical Brit Award in 2005 for his disc 'Renaissance'. His CD 'IKON' was nominated for a 2007 Grammy and his second recording of Handel’s 'Messiah' on The Sixteen’s own label CORO won the prestigious MIDEM Classical Award in 2009. In 2009 he also received the coveted Gramophone Artist of the Year award as well as the Best Baroque Vocal Recording award for Handel’s 'Coronation Anthems'. He featured with The Sixteen in the highly successful BBC television series 'Sacred Music', presented by actor Simon Russell Beale. Harry Christophers is the Artistic Director of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society. Since his appointment in 2008, Christophers has led the chorus and period ensemble through a series of ambitious projects including concerts, education programming, and the release of a series of recordings on the CORO label. His operatic conducting experience includes engagements for English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Buxton Opera, Lisbon Opera, and the Granada Festival. Harry Christophers received a CBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Leicester.