Christopher Redgate: Oboist and developer of the Howarth-Redgate oboe.
Photo by Colin Still
Christopher Redgate, ARAM, is currently the Evelyn Barbirolli Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. He is the designer of the Howarth-Redgate system oboe: an instrument built with extended capability for 21st century music that includes microtones, multiphonics, extended range and electronics.
For over thirty years Christopher Redgate has specialized in the performance of contemporary oboe repertoire and has performed throughout Europe. the USA and China. He has been described as having ‘extraordinary exploratory technical brilliance’ (Music and Vision) and of being a ‘tireless champion’ of extended techniques (Double Reed News). In his activities as a performer he has developed significantly several of aspects of oboe technique; leading him to a re-evaluation of a number of performance practices. His concerts often include solo improvisations, which allow him to further explore the more extreme areas of the oboe and it’s potential. Many composers have written for him (including Michael Finnissy, Richard Barrett, Sam Hayden, Roger Redgate, Christopher Fox, James Clarke, Paul Archbold, Michael Young, Fabrice Fitch, David Gorton, Rob Keeley, Joe Cutler, Edwin Roxburgh and Gwyn Pritchard a new work is being written at the moment from Brian Ferneyhough).
He is active also as a teacher and gives regular composer workshops and oboe masterclasses at colleges and universities around the world. Recordings can be found on the Oboe Classics label and Metier/Divine Art. He has recently contributed articles to Contemporary Music Review, to both the British and US professional society magazines and a number of chapters to multi-authored books. He is currently writing a book: 21st-century Oboe.
Christopher Redgate is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Musical Research, University of London.
Christopher Redgate Studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winner. His professional career began with several prizes at international competitions. He performs regularly with many contemporary music ensembles including Exposé, Suoraan, Trio Krosta, Kreutzer Quartet, Firebird Ensemble, Music Projects/London, Lontano, Ensemble Modern, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Ixion, Apartment House, Topologies and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.