Thames Chamber Choir is fortunate to be led by two talented and dynamic conductors who jointly lead the choir and who both enjoy singing as part of the ensemble when not conducting.
Andrew Campling founded Thames Chamber Choir with a group of enthusiastic singers in 1999. A graduate of Keble College, Oxford, Andrew directs Marcel Sinfonia, London Docklands Singers, and Thames Chamber Choir; and is also chorus master of the Choir of the London School of Economics.
Five CDs of his music have been released, and his works have been performed in venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Purcell Room, and the Royal Albert Hall.
Andrew has composed two symphonies, concertos for violin, flute, trumpet, piano and organ, and numerous choral works including In Paradisum (a setting of the Requiem Mass) and Dona nobis pacem (based on the WW1 diaries of his grandfather Canon William Campling).
Christian Spielmann joined Thames Chamber Choir in 2005 as a student at LSE and has since developed a cooperative approach to leading the choir in partnership with Andrew.
Christian is a freelance conductor and a singer and studied conducting with Denise Ham (Greenwich Music School), Gregory Rose (Trinity College of Music) and Gerd Müller-Lorenz (Lübeck Academy of Music).
Having worked with several choirs both in Germany and the UK, he now leads Thames Chamber Choir, alongside Andrew Campling. In 2017 he took the choir on tour to his native Germany, and in 2018 he brought them for the first time to his home city of Bristol, where he recently took up an academic position at the University.
He has a strong interest in musical collaboration with artists from other disciplines.