Alastair Chilvers is a freelance musician and arts education specialist living in Hertfordshire. He attended Junior Trinity College of Music, before reading Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge and training as a pianist and vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music. He was appointed for two consecutive years as the Lucille Graham Opera Fellow at RAM. He now works for various arts charities, organisations and businesses.
His playing career has seen him specialise as a collaborative pianist, working predominantly with singers. He has worked with multiple opera houses and performed in the top venues in London, including Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall. He has accompanied masterclasses with international vocalists and has performed globally. He is a Samling Artist and was a participant in the Solti Peretti Masterclass in Venice, where he was coached by Richard Bonygne. He also accompanies the annual entrance auditions for singers at the Royal Academy of Music.
Alastair was recently appointed as Joint Artistic Director of Cambridge Youth Opera, a charity that broadens the creative horizons of young people through opera. During lockdown, CYO’s Digital Opera Workshops offered a lifeline to its participants. The quality of the project led to it being featured in a Google Arts and Culture Online Exhibition. Alastair is currently helping to devise an exciting new direction for the charity, which will provide free-to-access opportunities for young people aged 4-29 over the next few years. The next programme phase includes performances of ‘Little Black Cat’, an opera written recently by CYO participants, as well as the creation of a young artists programme. CYO is currently seeking partners to work with and sponsors to help fund this vision. Alastair is also Music Director of W11 Opera, a unique charity founded in 1971 which regularly commissions new works for performance. It brings together young performers from a diverse range of backgrounds to produce annual performances in London.
Alastair is a passionate educator who seeks to enable all his students to reach their full potential. He believes music plays a central role in forming individual personality and expression. He is a Visiting Music Teacher at King’s College School, Cambridge and a staff member at Saffron Centre for Young Musicians, where he conducts their orchestra. His students have gained places at the top universities and conservatoires in the country. Although he has no space for new regular students, Alastair aims to keep a few hours free each week in his studio for ad hoc coaching sessions. These can be used to help preparation for concerts, exams, competitions and auditions. Please get in touch to enquire about rates and availability.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Alastair is passionate about promoting positive social change. His work with music charities seeks to create opportunities for young people and helps to unite communities. He is always keen to hear from those from any discipline who share his optimistic world-view and wish to collaborate to deliver positive change to their community.
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