Chris Totney (part-time) - Britten Sinfonia

Chris Totney (part-time)

Chris hails from Stourbridge, West Midlands and, since taking up the piano and joining his local church choir aged nine, has never looked back. He later took up the flute and organ, reading Music at Durham University, and held successive organ scholarships at University College – directing the choir’s first recording for two decades – and Durham Cathedral. He spent the first 15 years of his career in various school and private teaching roles in Wiltshire, also appearing as an accompanist at local and regional concerts and workshops. Alongside these, he was Assistant Organist to the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy and ran the acclaimed choir of St John’s Church, Devizes for a decade, overseeing regular visits to cathedrals, several recordings, a live broadcast of Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4, a tour of Latvia and the accolade of Wiltshire Choir of the Year in 2019, earning him the Wiltshire Life Magazine’s Teacher/Coach of the Year award.

Having moved to Cambridge with his wife and young daughter in 2021, Chris spent several months helping to build up the provision of music in the nearby community of Fulbourn before taking up his development role with Britten Sinfonia. He now combines this work with the post of Director of Music at the church of St Benet Fink, Tottenham. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2022 and is also an award-winning choral composer, with a number of accessible works published by the RSCM. Outside of music, Chris’s interests include food and drink, domestic travel and following football, snooker and F1 motor racing.