Christopher Gabbitas

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Christopher Alan Gabbitas, baritone with the King's Singers[1] was born on 15 May 1979 in Plymouth, the son of Dr. Brian and Mrs Evelyn Gabbitas. The family moved to Kent after his father ended a career as a Royal Naval Officer and switched to the world of academia. He attended The King's School, Rochester before winning a music scholarship to Uppingham School. He went to St John's College, Cambridge as a choral scholar where he read law; he was part of, and occasionally directed, "The Gentlemen of St John's." He also sang with "Collegium Regale," the modern-day equivalent of The King's Singers at King's College, and Cibus Amoris. After graduating in 2000 with a degree in law, he attended the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. In 2001, he began training to be a lawyer with the London firm, Stephenson Harwood, qualifying as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2003.

Whilst practising as a lawyer he maintained his singing career, performing with many groups including Polyphony, The English Concert, The King's Consort, and in the inaugural concert of European Voices in a performance of Wagner's "Parsifal" at the BBC Proms under Sir Simon Rattle. He also sang as a Gentleman of the Temple Church (of "Da Vinci Code" fame) under Stephen Layton, where he performed in Sir John Tavener's epic work "The Veil of the Temple" in 2003.

He joined the King's Singers as their 2nd Baritone in early 2004, following an extensive audition process, deciding to put his legal career on hold.

Whilst on tour in America in late 2004 he met Stephanie Seales, and they married in the summer of 2006 in America and England. They divide their time between a home in London and family in the US and New Zealand.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cummings, Robert; Lewi, Uncle Dave. "Biography: King's Singers". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 May 2010.