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Director of Music

Since October 2019, Dennis Tjiok, composer, pianist and organist has taken on our role of Director of Music at Christ Church.

Besides performing in ensembles, as a soloist and accompanist, his composition work ranges from scoring film and games to composing for musical theatre and experimental projects, winning competitions for solo piano and ensemble, the EHF 2010 Composition Award and the RNCM Entrepreneurship Award for his creation of ODM Project, audio-visual events that promote organ music and astronomy, supported by YAMAHA. He is also co-founder of the chamber music series AD Festival Days in Manchester.

Having studied Composition with Laura Bowler, Gary Carpenter and Paul Patterson at the RNCM Manchester and Organ with Gunilla Pfeiffer, graduating from KMF Schlüchtern in Germany, he is currently enrolled as a MMus student for Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music in London.

Most influential masterclasses have been with
James Horner (MDW, Wien 2013), Eric Whitacre (RCM, London 2014), Brendan Dougherty (Frankfurt 2015), Conrad Pope & Nan Schwartz (HMW, Baden 2016), Judith Weir (BBC Maida Vale Studios, London 2017) and Tansy Davies (RNCM, Manchester 2016).

His work and performances have taken him to Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Buxton International Festival & Buxton Opera House, Berliner Philharmonie, The English Theatre Frankfurt, Baden-Baden Filmfestival, Hoch Conservatory, Goethe University Frankfurt and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire amongst others.

Recent collaborations include
New wind quintet Ecotopia performed by North Winds and Festivo Winds at Bridgewater Hall Manchester, as a commission for Manchester´s new eco systems.
Original Soundtrack for MARS VR in collaboration with Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.
Performances with visual artist and composer Caroline Bordignon as part of XHI – Live Artwork & Musical Exploration, promoted by GQ Magazine and LeGaleriste Canada.
New piano music performed at Kaija Saaijaho Festival by Philip Sharp, and at St. Martin-in-the-Fields by Alexey Pudinov.