Russell Burton is a freelance musician based in Gloucester, where until recently he was a tenor lay clerk in the Cathedral choir. He is an experienced choral conductor and has worked with many different choirs, including South Somerset Choral Society, the Esterhazy Chamber Choir and the St. Cecilia Singers of Gloucester.
Born in the Lake District, Russell was educated at Queen Katharine’s School, Kendal and the Birmingham Conservatoire, from which he graduated with distinction in orchestral conducting and with several diplomas for piano and organ. He then worked in independent education until 2002; posts included Organist at Taunton School, Director of Choral Music and Head of Singing at Charterhouse, Director of Music at Hurstpierpoint College and Director of Music at Bradfield College. During his time at Charterhouse he had the privilege of conducting such well-known musicians as Ian Bostridge and Evelyn Glennie; at Hurstpierpoint he was able to commission works from Sir John Tavener, Malcolm Archer, Mark Blatchly and Richard Shephard.
As a singer Russell has been tenor soloist in The Three Choirs Festival and with the City of Birmingham Choir, as well as having sung as deputy in eight cathedral choirs. He is accompanist for the Gloucester Choral Society and directs the GCS Young Singers’ Programme. He is also one of the few Choral Singing Examiners for ABRSM, and in this role has toured widely, including visits to the Far East. He currently teaches music and singing at Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham.