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Headshot of Christopher Mortlock, composer

Chris is a British composer currently living and working in Christchurch, New Zealand.


His music - described as 'inventive, elegant, and disciplined' - has been performed by professional, amateur, and school ensembles throughout the UK, the USA, and New Zealand and broadcast on BBC television. 

Chris studied music at The University of Cambridge (M.Phil with Distinction) where he was awarded the 2014 Arthur Bliss Prize for Composition, and at the University of Sussex (1st Class Honours). His composition teachers include Richard Causton, Martin Butler, and Tarik O’Regan.

In 2016, Chris trained as a doctor at Warwick Medical School, graduating in 2020. He  now balances his time between composition and medicine, and is interested in finding ways to explore human experiences of healthcare in his music. 

He was awarded a compositional residency at the Yaddo Foundation in 2024.

Go to Chris's Works page to find out more about his music by category

Seal colony in Kaikoura, New Zealand
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