Our conductor

Charlie Gower-Smith works as a freelance musician across Northern England. He is Musical Director of the Thirsk Sinfonia, South Bank Singers and the Chapter House Youth Choir. 
Charlie grew up in orchestras and bands as a trumpeter. He studied music at the University of Leeds where he was a choral scholar at Leeds Cathedral. It was at Leeds that he began conducting, working with the University’s various choirs and orchestras. 
He is In demand as a choral conductor for his inclusive, informative and encouraging style. Charlie has been involved with many organisations to facilitate singing in the workplace, including John Lewis, Addleshaw Goddard, Stewarts Law, Leeds City Council, Macmillan Cancer Support and TransPennine Express, a Hallé Corporate Choir. Work with festivals has included various choral projects for the Grassington Festival, and assistant choral director for the Pennine Spring Music Festival in Heptonstall. 
Charlie has worked with many choirs across the country including Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Trinity Singers Cambridge, and the Hallé Youth Choir. Previous roles include director of Leeds Chamber Choir, with whom he gave regular broadcasts of BBC Radio 4LW’s Daily Service, and assistant director of the Hallé Youth Choir and Hallé Community Choir. He sings with the choirs of Ripon Cathedral and York Minster as a deputy, and is a surtitle operator for Opera North.