Christopher Holman

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Organist at Exeter College, Oxford

Since winning the Albert Schweitzer Competition, American organist Christopher Holman has performed on some of the most important historic and modern organs in Europe and North America. He has appeared at major international festivals, including the Leipzig Bach Festival in Germany, the Festival international de l’orgue ancienne in Sion, Switzerland, and the Festival Internacional de Órgano y Música Antigua in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has released two recordings, and his playing has been broadcast on German and Swiss national television and radio. In 2017, Christopher received a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund to study and perform on historic organs in Europe as a Fellow at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Beyond his work as a performing musician, his research in historical musicology has been published in Early Music (with a forthcoming article in Keyboard Perspectives), and he has given lectures at leading international conferences in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and Switzerland. He is Editor of the journal Vox Humana, and is Director of Musicology for Bach Society Houston. He studied with Robert Bates at the University of Houston and Dana Robinson at the University of Illinois. He is presently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, and directs the choir of Exeter College.

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Christopher's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Emily S
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Christopher was absolutely fantastic for our wedding. So helpful in corresponding throughout the lead up to the big day, always available to answer any questions, and arrived in plenty of time. A very talented organist and a lovely person, we are so pleased he was a part of our big day - thank you!

John D
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

We were delighted with the contribution Christopher made to our service. I am not remotely musical but Christopher recommended the music which was absolutely perfect. Christopher’s playing was also exceptional. I cannot speak highly enough of everything that Christopher contributed.

From other customers:

George R
5 years ago

Wonderful crystal clear, flawless recording and performance. I thoroughly recommend it.

Peter A
8 years ago

The organ, played splendidly by Christopher Holman, was transparent and at times sparkling... As throughout the concert, Holman’s playing brought the music energetically to life. — Peter Alexander, Sharps and Flatirons

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Christopher's Song list

I strive to be as flexible as possible, and am happy to play whatever you require (keeping in mind that some genres, such as rap, don't always transfer well to the organ; I'm always happy to advise).

Christopher's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£40
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always strive to be as flexible as possible. Please let me know and I'll do my best to adjust accordingly.

How much time do you need to set up?

I plan to arrive at a venue at least 15–30 minutes before the requested time to get acquainted with the instrument. Having played on the oldest organs in the world to newly-built instruments, I'm used to adjusting quickly.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I'm very happy to accommodate all requests. That being said, sometimes certain genres (like rap) unfortunately really don't transfer well to the organ, and I'm always happy to advise in such cases.
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Early music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Opera, Contemporary Christian, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Jazz
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Wedding, Concert, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Musicologist
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