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Chris Clark
Conductor of the CLO

Chris Clark, 2022-Present

Born in Wellington, New Zealand to a musically active family, Chris conducted his first orchestra at the age of 16. 


Now based in London, he is currently studying conducting privately with Martyn Brabbins, Colin Metters (Professor Emeritus of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music) and Jonathan Mann (Artistic Director, Cardiff International Academy of Conducting).


Chris is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music, University of British Columbia and Royal Northern College of Music. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship, a highly sought-after award for leaders in opera. Chris received an endorsement for exceptional talent from Arts Council England in 2017, enabling him to remain in the UK to pursue his career. 


In the UK, Chris has worked with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the City, London City Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hard Rain Soloists Ensemble and was previously Music Director of the Salford Symphony Orchestra.


As a trumpet player, Chris held the position of Principal Trumpet at Orchestra Wellington and has performed with the Hallé, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, North Czech Philharmonic, New Zealand Opera, Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


In June 2023 Chris launched the Latitude Ensemble, conducting the world premiere of Alan William’s Healer’s Tale in the 75th anniversary year of the NHS, an interdisciplinary work that explored real life stories of Bolton NHS Trust employees during the Covid pandemic.


Winner of the prestigious Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award for international conducting studies, Chris would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Arts Trust, Adam Foundation, Barrie and Maureen Pettman, Waverley Fund, Todd Foundation and The Lion Foundation.


Learn more about Chris and his current work:

Chris Clark, CLO's conductor

Past Conductors

At CLO, we strive to work with and help further develop up-and-coming conductors. In 2019, we built a two-year tenure into our Constitution, with post-holders allowed two tenures with the orchestra.

We are proud to see our past conductors continue from stride to stride in the challenging and competitive professional music community.

John Warner, 2017-2022

John studied Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He won the prestigious University conducting competition, affording him a year with the Oxford University Philharmonia.

In 2014, he founded the St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra, who relaunched in 2018 as the Orchestra for the Earth


Whilst at the CLO, John conducted 12 programmes with the orchestra, one of which wasn't able to be performed due to the onset of the first lockdown for the Covid pandemic.

John Warner conducting the CLO's Autumn 2018 concert
Edmund Whitehead conducting the CLO in 2017's A Night at the Opera concert

Edmund Whitehead, 2016-2017

British-Russian conductor and repetiteur Edmund Whitehead first achieved international recognition as a Jette Parker Young Artist Conductor and Repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, where he is currently the offstage conductor.


He is an assistant conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to the Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra as conductor for the Spring and Summer seasons.


Edmund conducted three programmes with the CLO, his tenure cut short for an exciting opportunity on the continent! He conducted one of the orchestra's most memorable concerts: A Night at the Opera, which continues to be a favourite amongst members and audience alike.

Susie Geeson, 2015-2016

When CLO first began, we were conducted by violinist and friend of the orchestra, Susie Geeson, who helped build the foundations on which we stand today

Susie is a freelance multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose musical range spans from rock to baroque.

Susie conducted the orchestra's first concerts and was integral to setting the tone of our members-led ethos.

Susie Geeson conducting a rehearsal of the Central London Orchestra.
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