“It (Psalm 121) absolutely knocked me out – it was the most beautiful setting”.
— Brian Kay, former member of The King’s Singers
Chris Artley is one of New Zealand’s leading writers of choral music. He is a multi award-winning composer, with competition successes in Canada, USA, Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, England, Spain, Italy and New Zealand. His works have been performed worldwide by ensembles including: The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, The Auckland Symphony Orchestra,The Amadeus Choir of Toronto, The Lutheran Youth Choir of North America, The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, The National University of Singapore Choir, Age of Discovery, Auckland, The Graduate Choir NZ, Voices New Zealand, New Zealand Youth Choir and New Zealand Secondary Students Choir.
Chris’ music is published by Helbling Verlag in Austria, Royal School of Church Music in England, Pana Musica in Japan and Piles Music in Spain. He is also a Fully Registered Composer with SOUNZ. Chris is the composer of 'On the Road of Life', which is the Official Anthem for World Choral Day 2022 and 2023! His choral work, 'O Magnum Mysterium' was voted number one by listeners in the 2023 Settling the Score on RNZ's Concert Programme.
Originally from England, Chris studied Music at University of Bristol (1981-84) with composer Derek Bourgeois. He has spent over thirty years teaching music in schools in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, where he is now resident and teaches at King’s College, Auckland. In 2010, Chris took a year out of teaching and studied Music at University of Auckland, taking papers in composition, jazz piano and jazz arranging with John Elmsly, Kevin Field and Roger Manins respectively.