Chris Foster started playing the piano and singing at an early age, and received much of his early musical training with the Choir of St Thomas the Apostle, Wigston. During his time as a Music student at the University of Nottingham, he studied piano with Brenda May, conducting with Jonathan Tilbrook, and was a tenor Choral Scholar and then Music Associate at the Cathedral Church of St Barnabas, Nottingham.  With the Cathedral Schola Cantorum, he toured to Hong Kong, Italy (twice, including Mass at St Peter's, Rome, and conducting the choir in Florence), and leading the choir on a tour of Bavaria.


Whilst studying, Chris conducted Viva Voce, the University's auditioned chamber choir, and sang as a soloist with the University Choir and the Orlando Consort. He also toured Europe, conducting in Belgium and Luxembourg. As a pianist, he played for several ensembles, auditions and recitals, and as a composer was performed by the Allegri String Quartet.

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After training as a teacher, Chris moved to Bourne, in Lincolnshire, and then to Cambridge to teach at The Leys School, conducting the Chamber Choir and Wind Band, and restarting the Barbershop legacy started by Kenneth Naylor.  He also conducted in several cathedrals, and sang as a Deputy Lay Clerk in the choir of Peterborough Cathedral.
On leaving Cambridge, he took up the position of Head of Academic Music at Trent College in Long Eaton, where he also coaches rugby and tutors Year 7 students at the beginning of their senior school careers.

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