“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 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 and Pana Musica in Japan. He is also a Fully Registered Composer with SOUNZ.
Originally from England, Chris studied Music at University of Bristol (1981-84) with composer Derek Bourgeois. He has spent 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.